Ballymahon burglary blitz probe launched

Up to €1600 of equipment stolen from south Longford national school

Liam Cosgrove


Liam Cosgrove


Burglars disturbed  during four break-ins in Donegal over the weekend

Gardaí are seeking to track down the instigators behind a series of break-ins in Ballymahon last weekend

Gardaí have launched a manhunt after thieves made off with up to €1600 worth of equipment during a weekend raid on a national school in Ballymahon.

In what was a crime fuelled couple of days for the south Longford town, at least five laptops and several classrooms were ransacked by burglars who broke into St Matthew’s National School between 4pm on Saturday afternoon and 9am on Monday.

Investigators are satisfied entry to the school was gained after a side window was smashed with those responsible making their getaway via a classroom door at the rear of the building.

Among the items reported missing were two Acer laptops, together with a Hewlett Packard, Fujitisu and Dell models.

The past weekend also saw a botched raid being reported at Ballymahon’s St Matthew’s Church.

It’s understood thieves had attempted to break into the church through a back door but were unable to do so.

In their attempts to gain access, gardaí have confirmed “significant damage” was caused to the door, which is the main point of entry to the sacristy.

Separately, gardaí are investigating the circumstances behind an attempted burglary at a house along the main Edgeworthstown road entering Ballymahon.

At around 9:20pm on Saturday evening, the occupier of the house reported hearing a doorbell sound on at least three occasions.

Upon closer inspection, the injured party reported seeing a man peering through a back window before fleeing the scene on foot.

Gardaí in Longford, meanwhile, are investigating a suspected shoplifting offence which occurred at a retail unit at Longford Shopping Centre last Friday.

In excess of €30 of items were taken in the incident at around 2:20pm.

Anyone with information in relation to any of these incidents is asked to contact Longford Garda Station at (043) 3350570.


Gardaí investigating attempted burglary at St Matthew's Church, Ballymahon