Thieves looking to take advantage of big freeze

The prolonged cold snap is playing into the hands of eagle-eyed burglars it would seem, after a motorist who left his car running in a bid to defrost its windscreen returned outside to find it had been stolen.

The prolonged cold snap is playing into the hands of eagle-eyed burglars it would seem, after a motorist who left his car running in a bid to defrost its windscreen returned outside to find it had been stolen.

Gardai believe the car, a Volkswagen Passat, had been targeted by opportunistic thieves almost as soon as its owner had switched on the vehicle inside a busy Newtownforbes housing estate last Friday morning.

The owner had only returned to his household for a few minutes when the robbers struck. Investigating officers were also surprised by the audacity of the theft given that it occurred at around 10am in the morning and across from a nearby Centra store.

Over €1,000 worth of cosmetics, perfumes and toiletries were also taken during a robbery in the early hours of last Tuesday morning.

It's understood vandals broke into a Ballymahon based hairdressing outlet by forcing open a rear window sometime between 3am and 9:15am.

Equipment with an estimated value of €1,100 in equipment was stolen and the shop ransacked, gardai have said.

However, the task facing detectives leading the investigation has not been helped by the lack of an alarm or CCTV footage to fall back on.

Two further attempted break ins were reported in Newtownforbes and Kenagh last Friday.

On both occasions, suspects believed to have been behind the botched raids were forced to flee empty-handed.

Anyone with information in relation to any of these incidents is asked to contact Longford Garda Station on 043 3346741.