Mountmellick theft backfires

Thieves bit off more than they could chew in Mountmellick at the weekend, when 60 humidifiers stolen from a business were recovered by gardaí hidden a short distance away.

Thieves bit off more than they could chew in Mountmellick at the weekend, when 60 humidifiers stolen from a business were recovered by gardaí hidden a short distance away.

A garda spokesperson has confirmed to the Leinster Express that the thieves attempted to make off with 60 humidifiers from a business in Mountmellick on Saturday, November 29. The items, all of substantial size, were recovered by gardaí in the town’s College Avenue, and it is believed they were left there to be collected at a later time.

There were a number of other burglaries in the county over the past week. There were two incidents in Portarlington on Saturday night into Sunday morning, when a local pub was robbed and the nearby church broken into.

Entry was gained to the After Dark Bar via the rear door some time between midnight and 8.30am the following morning, and a substantial amount of cash was stolen. The Church of Ireland church located beside the pub was also broken into around the same time, and while damage was caused it does not appear that anything was taken.

A substantial amount of cash and a quantity of jewellery was taken after forced entry to a house in the Ballycarnan area of Portlaoise, some time between 2 and 6pm on Thursday, November 27. There was a burglary in Derrycloney, Mountmellick, during the short window of 9 to 10.30am on Friday morning, November 28.

Also on Friday, power tools were stolen from a shed in Kilminfoyle, Ballacolla, and sheds in a farm yard in Cullahill were entered, but nothing was taken. There were also power tools taken from a shed in Colt, Ballyroan, between 9am and 5pm on Friday.

A garda spokesperson has said that “travelling criminals” are coming into the county from all over, and people are urged to call the gardaí if they see any suspicious cars in their area.

And drugs including cannabis and tablets were seized at a house on French Church Street in Portarlington on Saturday, November 29, A local man in his 30s had been questioned by gardaí and a file has been sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions.