Safe stolen in burglary in Portlaoise

A warning is going out for the public to be on the lookout for anyone selling cheap jewellery in the run-up to Christmas, following a number of burglaries across the county at the weekend.

A warning is going out for the public to be on the lookout for anyone selling cheap jewellery in the run-up to Christmas, following a number of burglaries across the county at the weekend.

Houses in both Portlaoise and Portarlington were hit, with jewellery and cash the main targets of the thieves and in one incident a safe was removed from a home.

There were a number of burglaries in the town area of Portarlington, and while cash and jewellery was taken in some incidents in others the thieves left empty-handed. A garda spokesperson has revealed that in one case the culprit was a lone male who was disturbed on the premises.

Meanwhile, there were a number of burglaries in the town area of Portlaoise over the weekend. There was forced entry to a number of the houses, although the gardaí have revealed that in some cases nothing was taken.

In one of the burglaries, a safe containing jewellery was taken from a house. In another, a gold ring with a black stone was stolen from a house on the Mountmellick Road. In the wake of these burglaries, the gardaí are warning people to beware of anyone offering them cheap jewellery for sale.

“If people are being offered jewellery for sale over Christmas they should report it to the gardaí. If there wasn’t a market there for cheap jewellery there wouldn’t be as many burglaries,” said a garda spokesperson.

The spokesperson also warned motorists about the dangers of talking on mobile phones while driving, with National Mobile Phone Enforcement Day taking place this week. The gardaí will be out in force today and tomorrow (Tuesday and Wednesday), ensuring that motorists refrain from using their phones behind the wheel.