Longford Gardai probe burglaries

Gardai are this week investigating a series of criminal damage incidents and burglaries across County Longford.

Gardai are this week investigating a series of criminal damage incidents and burglaries across County Longford.

Two men were arrested last Monday (July 4) in connection with the theft of copper from a vacant house in the St Michael’s Road area. They have since been released without charge.

Hours later, three buses parked inside the Bus Eireann compound beside Longford Railway Station were vandalised, with each sustaining window damage. A timeframe ranging between 7pm and 8am the following morning (July 5) has been identified as the period during which the incident took place.

The scene was also examined and photographed even though detectives have no CCTV footage to examine. A fire extinguisher, found a short time later and which gardai are linking to the incident, has also been sent for analysis.

On Wednesday (July 6) a car was recovered after it was reported stolen in the Curryline area. It’s believed the Mercedes Benz was taken sometime between 7:30am and 8pm.

Less than two days later (Thursday, July 7 and Friday, July 8) a quad bike and trailer was taken from a farmyard at Carrickedmond overnight.

Also on Friday at around 3:40am, a “sizeable” sum of cash was stolen from a safe at a well-known hardware store just outside Longford town. Thieves gained access to the store by forcing open a panel of shutters. The scene has since been examined.

Members of the public who may information in relation to any of these incidents is asked to contact Longford Garda Station at (043) 3346741.