Knife used in
Ballymahon robbery

Gardai were this week hunting for two men after the occupant of a house was threatened with a knife during an aggravated burglary in Ballymahon on Sunday morning.

Gardai were this week hunting for two men after the occupant of a house was threatened with a knife during an aggravated burglary in Ballymahon on Sunday morning.

The victim, who was said to have been shaken up by the ordeal, confronted an intruder who had broken into the private house in the An Draighnean area of Ballymahon at around 4am.

Gardai believe that the intruder forced open a sliding door, leading into the kitchen area to gain entry to the house.

After stealing two plasma televisions and a laptop computer, the burglar also managed to locate a set of keys to a silver Mercedes parked outside. At this point, the occupant of the house is believed to have confronted the intruder who threatened the victim with a knife.

The burglar subsequently left the house , making his getaway in the Longford registered (04-LD-1850) Mercedes.

Gardai are also working on the assumption the suspect was not working alone and they believe that another individual was waiting outside in another getaway car.

Officers are especially keen to establish whether the An Draighnean raid has any connection to a break-in at nearby Creevaghhbui, Creevaghbeg, Ballymahon a little over 48 hours earlier.

Sometime between 1am and 7am, thieves gained access to a house by prising open a back door also when its occupants were asleep.

A 2006 black Volkswagen Caddy van was taken during this robbery and gardai said both break-ins occurred after locks had been carefully loosened or “popped”.

Gardai in Lanesboro are also anxious to solve an incident of suspected criminal damage at a house located at The Green, Lanesboro.

A man is understood to have damaged a back patio door with an axe sometime between 9am and 11am last Thursday 30 July before entering the house and vandalising a flatscreen TV and a laptop.

In Longford, around 200 litres of oil and a burner were taken from a premises at Ferefad, Ardagh Road, Longford. No arrests have yet been made, although gardai are confident the theft took place between 12 midnight last Monday (June 27) and around 4:30pm on Sunday afternoon (July 3).

Witnesses or anyone with information is asked to contact Longford Garda Station at 043 3346741.