Crime briefs

Appeal for witnesses

Appeal for witnesses

to four robberies

Gardai in Longford town are appealing for witnesses in relation to four robberies which took place in the county over the past week.

The first of these incidents took place on Wednesday last, December 12th between 12.30pm and 1pm on Main Street, Longford. A woman was shopping in the town when a man attempted to remove the handbag from the woman’s shoulders from behind. He was described as five foot, with a long black beard to his chest and a brown stain around his mouth. He was wearing black trousers and a jacket. A struggle ensued and the woman managed to retain possession of the bag but the man in question escaped.

The second incident took place on Thursday last, December 13th at approximately 1pm. An 8X4 builders trailer worth €12,000 with a ladder rail and black wheels was removed illegally from a yard at Geraghty’s Farmside Machinery in Doory, Ballymahon. A black Peugot pulled away from the premises and drove in the direction of Ballymahon.

A car was broken into on the Mostrim Road, Ballymahon on Friday, December 14th last between 6pm and 7.30pm. A wallet and a mobile phone were removed from the vehicle.

Meanwhile on the same day, two five foot gas cylinders worth €120 each were illegally removed from the rear of a garage at a private residence in Cloughree Well, Kenagh at approximately 9am.

Anyone who feels they can assist Gardai in their enquiries, can contact Longford Garda Station on 043 3346741.

Fraudulent iPhone 5s

Gardai in Longford have warned local people to be extremely vigilant in relation to the purchase of mobile phones from classifieds websites after a number of recent arrests were made in the area.

It is believed that although the fake iPhone 5 mobile phones appear to be the genuine article and are packaged with earphones, charger and manuals, they are without memory or a valid sim card.

Gardai have urged anyone who is planning to purchase an iPhone 5 to buy exclusively from a trusted and registered high street mobile phone store.

They have also appealed to anyone who may have been affected by the scam to contact them on 043 3346741.

Dog destroyed

A Japanese Akita dog who killed two other dogs in Ballymahon last weekend has been destroyed.

The breed, known for its unpredictable temper attacked and killed two other dogs at Moy Close, Ballymahon at 11.20am on the morning of Thursday last, December 13th. The animal’s owner was in the area at the time but did not have the dog on the leash.

Gardai took control of the dog before it was put down by instruction of the local Dog Warden.