Gardai urge public to secure properties

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Homeowners are being warned to ensure their properties are safely secured as gardai this week investigate the latest series of break-ins to hit the county, writes Liam Cosgrove.

One incident they are particularly keen to solve concerns the theft of several jewellery items from a house at Vickerstown in Ballymahon last weekend.

Like many similar cases of domestic burglaries, the house was unoccupied at the time.

Due to the lack of witnesses that have so far come forward, detectives believe the house was broken into sometime between 11am last Friday (September 27) and 4pm on Sunday.

But it’s the significant cache of jewellery and money that was taken during the raid which gardai are especially anxious to track down.

Among the many ornaments taken were a man’s gold pocket watch, gold wedding ring, earings, a lady’s gold chain engraved with the letter ‘M’ and a gold chain and locket moulded in the shape of a heart.

Another gold chain emblazoned with the word ‘Mum’ has also yet to be retrieved, as has a sum of cash and 28 anti-anxiety tablets.

What gardai have managed to establish is the thieves gained access to the property by forcing open a rear window.

As that investigation gets off the ground, gardai have confirmed they are conducting inquiries surrounding the theft of an oil burner only a short distance away in Creevaghbui, also in Ballymahon.

The home heating appliance, valued at around €1,000 was stolen from the back of a property in the busy south Longford estate sometime between 12 midnight and 1pm last Wednesday (September 25).

Witnesses to either of these crimes is asked to contact Longford Garda Station at (043) 3346741.




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