Weights stolen from GAA club and homes robbed

Another GAA club in the county has been hit by thieves who may have targeted the club in search of metal that could be sold on for scrap.

Another GAA club in the county has been hit by thieves who may have targeted the club in search of metal that could be sold on for scrap.

Some time between the late hours of Tuesday, September 2 and the early hours of Wednesday, September 3, the Arles-Killeen GAA club was broken into and weight-training equipment taken from the premises.

A garda spokesperson has confirmed that the thieves forced entry to the building. As there is no CCTV footage available, the gardaí are appealing to any witnesses who may have been in the area to contact them.

There was also a number of home break-ins throughout the county within the last week.

Houses in the area of Portlaoise town and in the rural areas of the subdistrict of Abbeyleix were hit by thieves, with cash and electronic equipment being the main targets of the culprits.

In one burglary, thieves made off with a racing bike. The bike is red and white in colour, with blue wheels and a black pouch on the back of the saddle. If anyone sees or is offered such a bike, they should contact the gardaí.

In other break-ins, no property was taken, the garda spokesperson has confirmed. It appears that entry was gained to a number of the houses via an open window, so gardaí are advising people to lock and secure their doors and windows at all times.

Anyone with any information should contact the gardaí on 05786 74100.