The gardaí have warned Laois schools about security after a number of schools were hit by thieves within the last month.
A garda spokesperson has revealed to the Leinster Express that in one incident, a laptop stolen from a local school was subsequently recovered in the Dublin area.
The gardaí advise security measures be taken when storing laptops and computer equipment.
The advice is so ensure that all electronic gear is locked up, and if anyone is offered laptops or equipment at discount prices they should contact the gardaí immediately with their suspicions.
In other crime news locally, thieves struck at the Emo Community Centre on Tuesday, January 6. The thieved broke in through a rear office some time between 3.30pm and 8.30pm and a quantity of cash taken.
Meanwhile, a man in his 20s has been arrested in relation to a burglary and the attempted theft of a vehicle at Portlaoise hospital on Saturday, January 10. The man, who is not local, walked into the hospital and stole a bag and a quantity of cash, but all property was recovered and he has since been before Portlaoise District Court.
A business premises in Portlaoise town was broken into after 11pm on Friday, January 9, with the thief targeting a charity poor box.
And a local man in his 20s has been arrested for having cannabis herb for sale or supply, following a search of a house on the Dublin Road area in Portlaoise.