An unknown quantity of home heating oil was stolen from a house in Longford town this week, re-igniting concerns organised gangs are travelling around estates stealing home heating oil.
The thieves targeted a house in the Ardnacassa area of the town during the early hours of last Wednesday morning, gardai have said.
A lock guarding the contents of a nearby cylinder was cut by the perpetrators sometime between 2:30am and 8pm.
Gardai have appealed to the public to be vigilant by monitoring how much is in their tanks and to report any suspicious activity to their local Garda station.
"We would be asking people to just be careful and where possible to make sure there is some sort of lock on their tanks," said a Garda representative.