Public’s help sought with County Longford break-ins

Detectives have launched a public appeal after as many as five break-ins and burglaries were reported to gardai over the past seven days.

Detectives have launched a public appeal after as many as five break-ins and burglaries were reported to gardai over the past seven days.

Businesses, private houses, a care centre and even a church were all targeted by thieves since the early stages of last week.

The first, a break in at a house in The Laurels estate just outside Longford town, occurred sometime between November 22 and 29.

Gardai believe vandals chose the premises as it had been vacant, prompting raiders to force open a rear door.

Nothing was taken although the house was ransacked, gardai said on Monday.

Seperately, two businesses were also targeted in both the Longford town and Shroid areas. A dictaphone and black Toshiba laptop was stolen from a premises located in the New Street area of town between 6pm last Tuesday (November 29) and 10:30am the following morning.

Entry, senior gardai believe, was gained via a side window, resulting in damage being caused to four offices as well as a series of internal doors.

Last Saturday (December 3) a veterinary clinic was similarly damaged following an early morning raid.

A 28-year-old man was later arrested and charged in relation to the incident. He has since been released and was due to appear at a sitting of Longford District Court on Tuesday.

The weekend also saw St John’s Church on Longford town’s Battery Road vandalised, resulting in damage being caused to a side window. The church, which was also ransacked, was broken into sometime between 9pm on Friday evening (December 2) and 2pm on Saturday afternoon.

Besides the spotlight being thrown on business related break ins, St Joseph’s Care Centre on the town’s main Dublin Road also fell foul of criminal activity over the past week.

Five porter cabins were targeted over the course of last Tuesday (November 29) and Wednesday. Crime scene investigators have established thieves entered the cabins, which are located at the front of the facility, by smashing a number of office windows. No equipment, was however, stolen in the raid.

Meanwhile, gardai are also anxious to speak to witnesses who may have noticed anything untoward in the Great Water Street and Knockahaw areas of town on Friday night and into the early hours of Saturday morning.

It comes after two vacant houses in both locations went on fire. It’s not known how much damage was caused to the houses and whether there was any foul play involved. Instead, gardai have, for the moment, stayed tight lipped and asked any potential witnesses to contact them.

Anyone who has information in relation to any of these incidents is asked to contact Longford Garda Station (043) 3346741.