Laois schools hit as thieves take computers

Callous thieves have targeted two of the county’s primary schools in separate burglaries within the past week, damaging property and stealing valuable computer equipment.

Callous thieves have targeted two of the county’s primary schools in separate burglaries within the past week, damaging property and stealing valuable computer equipment.

The Sacred Heart in Portlaoise was struck last Tuesday, February 2, and a computer was taken from the premises. Then some time over the weekend, from February 6 to February 8, the Derrylamogue NS was broken into and eight computers were taken.

A garda spokesperson has revealed that the thieves caused damage to the doors of the building gaining access, and the gardaí are currently reviewing CCTV footage from the scene.

There was also a number of house burglaries reported in the Mountmellick and Abbeyleix areas within the last seven days. It has been confirmed that thieves forced open doors or windows to gain access, and jars filled with coins were snatched in several cases. In some instances people were just out of their house for half an hour when the burglars struck, so the warning from the gardaí is to secure all properties even if people are planning to be away for only a short period.

And it wasn’t all bad news on the crime scene this week, with the gardai revealing that stolen property taken during a burglary in Ballylinan has been recovered as far away as County Wexford.

The property was a selection of tools that were stolen from a shed in Ballylinan on January 29 this year, and was recovered by gardaí last week at a market in Enniscorthy. A man in his 40s from the Dublin area was arrested, and a number of other items were also seized. The gardai are now working to establish the lawful owners of the other stolen property recovered.

The gardai are advising people to always secure their property and their sheds, and if purchasing goods or tools always be mindful of using a reputable source.

Anyone with any information on any of these crimes, or anyone with any concerns or information on any matters in their locality, can call the Portlaoise Garda Station on 05786 74100.