The targeting of GAA clubs by opportunistic thieves continues in the county, with Mountrath GAA club the latest to be hit in a callous act of greed and vandalism.
On Monday, May 26, tools and equipment were taken from St Fintan’s GAA club, located on Shannon Road, Mountrath. A club spokesperson has revealed that electric drills, plaster mixers and other tools were stolen from the clubrooms between the hours of 4.30pm and 7pm on the day.
“Once again our club has been targeted by mindless thugs who were not only intent on stealing valuable tools and equipment but also causing the maximum amount of mindless vandalism,” said the spokesperson, claiming that the vandalism has cost the club “in the region of €2600”.
“Infuriating as it is that this robbery took place and the fact that we have installed a copper free plumbing system, the level of wanton vandalism goes beyond comprehension. When one considers the hours of work that has been put into redeveloping the facilities at our club grounds by members, on a totally voluntary basis, it is not surprising that there is a lot of anger over this incident.”
A garda spokesperson has confirmed that an investigation into the incident is ongoing, and anyone with any information should contact the gardaí.
The gardaí have also revealed that there were a number of burglaries across Laois in the last week.
Between June 2 and June 8, houses, businesses and farmyard sheds were broken into in the areas of Portlaoise, Mountrath and Abbeyleix. CCTV footage from certain scenes is currently being collated and the gardaí are appealing for any witnesses.
There were also a number of parked cars broken into recently in the Portlaoise and Abbeyleix areas, with tools and cash stolen. An arrest has been made in relation to one incident, with the culprit a juvenile male who is not local.
The gardaí are reminding people not to leave personal belongings on display in their cars, as they make desirable targets for thieves. Even a jacket left in a car can attract a thief, believing that a wallet or cash may be present.
Anyone with any information on any of these crimes can contact the gardaí on 05786 74100.