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Gardai Investigate Number Of Burglaries In South Offaly

Thursday, 19 January 2017

A SPATE of burglaries have taken place in South Offaly over the last seven days and Gardai are asking the public to be more vigilant when leaving their homes and businesses.

Gardai are warning people to lock up properly when leaving their homes, close all windows and doors and most importantly alert neighbours when travelling away from home for a weekend for safety purposes.

The call comes after a number of homes and businesses throughout the county were the targets of suspected travelling criminals throughout the North and South of the county over the last seven days.

South Offaly was the target of five separate incidents as on January 10th a house on Harbour Road, Banagher suffered criminal damage as intruders tried to gain entry to the vacant house at 9p.m. A neighbour interrupted the intruders and they made off without taking anything from the home.

Friday January 13th saw intruders gain entry to a home on O'Connell Street, Birr where a large amount of criminal damage occurred between the hours of 9p.m. and 4.30a.m.

Entry was gained through a rear window and intruders left marks on the counter top which are currently being examined by the Garda Forensics team.

On Saturday January 14th criminals completely ransacked a private house in Cloghan. A large amount of property was taken from the home between the hours of 7.10p.m. and 7.30p.m.

The house was in close proximity to Cloghan Vets premises, which was also the target of thieves throughout the same time frame.

It is the second time the vets have been the target of criminals in a number of weeks as the local business has suffered a large amount of expensive criminal damage.

Gardai are continuing to search for parts, a cash drawer and computer monitor which were stolen from the property on the evening in question.

A Garda Spokesperson stated 'we are looking for five culprits who left the scene in a dark coloured saloon.'

Another vacant house on the Banagher Road, Cloghan was also broken into over the weekend and reported on Tuesday January 17th when found in a ransacked state.

Entry again was gained through a rear window with a large amount of criminal damage taking place within the home also.

Meanwhile Gardai have recovered small amounts of property in fields surrounding the Cloghan area and appeal to farmers to keep an eye out for certain objects which would not normally be in the vicinity such as clothes, gloves, cheques etc.

If anyone has any information or may have seen suspicious activity taking place in any of the above locations, they are urged to contact Birr Gardai in the strictest of confidence immediately on (057) 91 69710.

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