Gardaí in Longford are appealing for public assistance after a burglary at the St Mel’s Cathedral presbytery in the early hours of Tuesday, March 11.
A “substantial” amount of cash was taken in the raid, which occurred between the hours of 3am and 6am on the date in question.
Other property was also taken, including parish envelopes which investigating gardaí later discovered discarded along the roadside in the parish of Killoe.
Gardaí are looking for a male who was captured on CCTV around the time of the incident and are appealing to anyone who may have noticed anything suspicious around St Mel’s Cathedral or in Killoe last Tuesday morning, to come forward and help with their investigations.
A Garda spokesperson explained, “Some property was recovered on the night - discarded out the country in the Killoe direction - and at this stage we would be appealing to the public to help us with our investigations.”
The day before, between 11.50pm and 12 midnight, thieves targeted a business premises in Longford town. Upon entering the premises of Kevin’s Dry Cleaners, they subsequently made off with a sum of cash. Despite activating the alarm, those involved made their escape before gardaí arrived.
Between the hours of 10am on March 12 and and 10am on March 13, a burglary took place at a private house in Lehery, Lanesboro. Access was gained to the property by forcing a rear window open and a Waterford Crystal Lamp and pump action shotgun were subsequently taken. Gardaí are advising anyone who may be offered these goods for sale, to contact them immediately at Longford Garda Station.
On March 15 last between 11am and 2pm a house at Bawn, Moydow was targeted by thieves. Car keys were taken from the property and then used to steal the vehicle from outside the house. Gardaí have launched an investigation in an effort to trace the car - a silver Volvo S40, 07 D 39212.
Meanwhile, a sum of money was taken from a car which was parked at Prospect Woods in Longford town in the early hours of last Wednesday morning, and three ladders were stolen from a hardware store along Ballymahon’s main thoroughfare between the hours of 6am on March 11 and 9am on March 12.
Three tyres on a Massey Ferguson 35 tractor which was parked in Newtowcashel between 7pm on March 12 and 10am on March 13 were slashed.
“If anyone can provide us with information as to why this may have happened, we would be very grateful,” added the spokesperson.
Gardaí in Longford can be contacted on 043 33 46741.