Portlaoise Gardai are warning people not to purchase electrical goods or other items that are being sold in suspicious circumstances as it only encourages more crime.
The warning came after a number of attempted burglaries took place in Portlaoise Town over the weekend.
““We are appealing for people not to buy goods or electrical items from people who call to the door or through other arrangements,” a Garda Spokesperson said.
“We appreciate the difficult financial circumstances people are in, especially at this time of year, but if there wasn’t a market for this stuff, the burglaries wouldn’t happen.”
The Garda spokesperson appealed to anyone who is offered electrical goods or other items at a suspicious rate or in suspicious circumstances to contact their local station.
Houses in Harpurs Lane and some business premises on Main Street were targeted between Saturday night, December 6 and Sunday morning, December 7.
A spokesperson for Portlaoise Gardai said damage was done to the properties from trying to gain entry but there was some places were nothing was stolen.