A vigilant householder stopped would-be thieves in their tracks as they attempted to flee with tools stolen from his shed over the weekend.
The cuplrits, both of whom are described as being in their late teens, had been attempting to break into a shed at the back of a house in Palace Crescent.
During the course of the incident which occurred between 12:30am and 1am, the pair managed to gain entry to the shed by breaking a padlock.
Moments later they were confronted by the householder.
Gardai believe one of the pair had been attempting to make off with a toolbox when the confrontation took place.
As they attempted to make their getaway, the householder managed to wrestle the toolbox back before giving chase on foot.
Gardai hope CCTV evidence taken close to the scene will provide vital clues in their quest for further information.
They have also sought the publicâ€™s help by urging witnesses who may have noticed the incident to come forward.Both suspects were said to have been wearing tracksuits.
Gardai are also anxious to solve aseparate botched burglary in the nearby Palace Drive area of Ardnacassa 48 hours earlier (June 24).
Like the Palace Crescent incident, nothing was taken after intruders activated an alarm at a house shortly before 2am.
Itâ€™s believed the alarm went off after a rear window was forced open.
Gardai are hoping the publicâ€™s assistance will help further another separate inquiry into a theft at Grian Ard, Ardnacassa last Tuesday (June 23).
A black toolbox, together with a black and yellow power washer were taken from a house at around 12:20am.
Both items were recovered close to the scene shortly afterwards.
Anyone with information in connection to any of these incidents is asked to contact Longford Garda Station at (043) 3350570.