Gardaí are hunting for a burglary gang who they believe carried out a string of house break-ins in Longford town last week, writes Liam Cosgrove.
Four houses, located in the Kilmore Cross and Brianstown areas on the outskirts of town were all targeted last Wednesday (March 6) evening while their owners were out. On almost each occasion, the raiders secured entry to the properties via rear window.
It's not known if the cuplrits fled on foot or had a getaway car at their disposal with gardaí appealing for witnesses to come forward.
In one of the cases under investigation, the thieves disabled the property's wifi system before removing CCTV from the attic area of the house.
The same evening, a number of cheques were stolen from a nearby house.
Gardaí are satisfied the same gang are responsible due to the close proximity of the break-ins and because the same modus operandi was used to gain access to the houses which were targeted.
Gardaí are also investigating two further raids in Clonrollagh and from an apartment in Longford town last Friday.
The latter, which occurred whilst the victim was attending mass, resulted in the theft of a Toyota Yaris (10-WH-1111) and €440 in cash.
Separately, detectives investigating a break-in at Granard Community Creche from last Saturday week have said that while no arrests have been made to date, there has been “significant progress”.
Anyone with information over the Longford break-ins is asked to contact Longford gardai at (043) 3350570.