Gardai are investigating half a dozen burglaries in the same week that an estimated 400 people attended a public meeting to discuss anti-social
behaviour in Longford town.
Jewellery, cash and home appliances were among the items stolen by thieves over the past seven days.
Four of the raids currently under investigation took place last Friday, while two attempted break-ins were likewise reported to gardai by homeowners.
One man spoke of his shock after thieves ransacked his home before making off with a dishwasher and chest freezer.
The householder, well-known photographer Michael Croghan, said he was still picking up the pieces left by the break-in which resulted in substantial damage being caused to his home.
“I go to bed now and you feel like the house is wide open and the doors aren’t locked.
“It’s just terrible,” Mr Croghan told the Leader.
Mr Croghan said the cost of replacing his stolen items and the damage caused could top €1,000.
He believes that those responsible may well have been targeting his house for some time.
Mr Croghan was keen to praise the work of gardai as they launched an investigation into last Wednesday’s (November 5) break-in.
“They came up and were very good. In fact, they couldn’t have been more helpful.”
In a separate incident in MacEoin Park last Friday, a substantial haul of jewellery including white diamond and pearl rings were stolen from a house.
The latest spate of burglaries took place in Longford town in a week when nearly 400 people turned out to a public meeting to discuss anti-social behaviour in the town.