Youths arrested following crime spree

Two juveniles were arrested by gardai in the early hours of Saturday morning last in relation to a number of incidents in the Longford town area in recent days. Photo: Michelle Ghee. www.gphotos.ie
Two youths were arrested in Longford town during the early hours of Saturday morning last in connection with a number of incidents in the locality over recent days.

Two youths were arrested in Longford town during the early hours of Saturday morning last in connection with a number of incidents in the locality over recent days.

The pair are believed to be connected to an aggravated burglary in the Harbour Point area shortly after 10pm on Wednesday, July 29.

Two people entered a residence and threatened the occupant before escaping with an Xbox 360 gaming console.

Gardaí also questioned the same two suspects in relation to a break-in at St Michael’s National School on St Mel’s Road the following night, as well as €1,000-worth of criminal damage to a parking meter near the Camlin Court apartment complex sometime between 6pm and 9am on the night of July 29-30.

The two juveniles were arrested shortly after 12am on Saturday following an incident which occurred at approximatley 8.50pm the previous evening where two teenagers had a mobile phone taken from them along the Canal Walk, while one of the victims was also assaulted.

One of the suspects was later released, while the other appeared before a special sitting of Longford District Court on Sunday and was remanded in custody before appearing again before a sitting of Mullingar District Court yesterday (Tuesday). A file has been forwarded to the Director of Public Prosections.

Separately, gardaí are appealing for witnesses after a house was broken into and ransacked sometime between 9am and 4pm on Friday, July 31.

Gardaí are also investigating the theft of an Ifor Williams beavertail trailer from a house at Knockmartin sometime between 1am and 8am on Wednesday, July 29.

Officers are also appealing for the public’s help after a vehicle was broken into on Earl Street in Longford town sometime between 12am and 10am on Saturday, August 1. A Blackberry tablet was stolen during the incident.

“We’d like to remind members of the public not to leave valuable items in their cars overnight,” a Garda spokesperson said.

Anyone with information regarding any of these crimes is asked to contact Longford Garda Station on 043 33 50570 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.