Elderly woman hurt in theft

A woman in her 80s was knocked unconscious during a robbery in Portlaoise, in what has been described as a very upsetting experience.

A woman in her 80s was knocked unconscious during a robbery in Portlaoise, in what has been described as a very upsetting experience.

The gardaí have confirmed that the woman in her early 80s was knocked unconscious during a robbery that occurred near her home in Portlaoise, between 8.30pm and 9pm on a Monday evening.

The woman was knocked down during the incident and rendered unconscious for a period of time. She later received medical attention, and while she has since been released from hospital a garda spokesperson has said that the robbery had obviously been very upsetting for her.

A quantity of cash was taken during the robbery and this was not recovered.

A local man in his late 20s was arrested and charged with the offence at last week’s Portlaoise District Court, and he has been remanded in custody.

There were also a number of burglaries recorded around the county within the past week. Forced entry was gained to Portarlington Leisure Centre in the early hours of March 12 and a quantity of cash was taken. The gardaí are studying CCTV footage and it is believed that one male was involved.

A business premises on Main Street, Mountrath was broken into in the early hours of March 11 and a quantity of sports clothing taken. CCTV footage from the scene is currently being studied.

And a number of sheds in rural areas were targeted recently by thieves with tools the main items taken. The gardaí have also confirmed that gates were taken from a private residence in Cappagh North. The public are advised to be on the lookout for anyone selling second-hand tools of an unknown origin, and to contact the gardaí if people have any suspicions.

If anyone has any information on any of these crimes, they can contact the Portlaoise Garda Station on 05786 74100.