Gardai have warned homeowners to guard against leaving valuable household items on display after three houses inside the same estate were ransacked within hours of each other.
Thieves stole laptops, high-priced electronic equipment and jewellery from houses in Dun Durrach, just outside Longford town, during the early hours of last Friday morning.
The first incident occurred sometime between 12:30am and 7am when a Sony laptop and Apple iPod were snatched from a household’s living room area.
Shortly afterwards, and during the hours of 3am to 8am, a red coloured Hewlett Packard laptop was stolen at around the time a third house was also targeted.
This time, thieves made off with jewellery, including two gold rings together with a Samsung tablet hand held laptop which gardai say was white in colour.
In all three break-ins, entry was gained by a back door being forced open. With no CCTV available to them and no arrests having been made in the meantime, on Monday gardai launched an appeal for information.
A further break in, at Ardnacassa Manor, also along the town’s main Dublin Road on Friday is not believed to be linked to those in Dun Darrach.
Initial inquiries have since confirmed no items were taken as gardai this week focus their efforts on the timeframe between 1pm and 3:30pm.
Separately, gardai are on the hunt for two men who broke into a house in the Palace Crescent area of Longford town on Sunday morning.
The two intruders, are believed to have gained access to the two story dwelling at around 7am. Two children, who were lying asleep in the house at the time, were awoken by the men as they burst into an upstairs bedroom.
Gardai are working on the assumption the pair may have targeted the wrong house, prompting both to flee the scene on foot.
One of the men is also believed to have been armed with a spade although no one was injured, gardai confirmed on Monday afternoon.
Witnesses in relation to any of these incidents is asked to contact Longford Garda Station at (043) 3350570.