Car parts taken at County Hall

Gardaí are appealing for the public’s help in tracking down a brazen thief who removed the catalytic converter from a car parked outside County Hall.

At some point between 9.30am and 6pm on Tuesday, January 8, the catalytic converter was removed from a Land Rover Discovery which was parked in the car park of the council offices on James Fintan Lalor Avenue in Portlaoise.

A spokesperson with Portlaoise gardaí has revealed that “the ways and means of doing this are quite common”, with parts being taken from vehicles for the purpose of reselling.

The gardaí are currently examining CCTV footage from the area, but anyone who may have witnessed anything is asked to contact the garda station.

The public’s assistance is also being sought in relation to the theft of diesel in the Ballyroan area over the weekend.

On Saturday, January 11, some point late at night, thieves removed diesel from heavy machinery from the quarry in Ballyroan.

As well as appealing for witnesses, the gardaí are urging people to be wary of leaving machinery unattended and unsecured in places where thieves can easily access them.

Also on Saturday, January 11, in the early hours of the morning, money was stolen from a filling station in Portarlington.

Some time between 3.30am and 7.30am, two men gained access to the Rosecourt Filling Station in Port. The men forced their way into the premises and after stealing a small amount of cash they made good their escape from the area on foot.

Gardaí are currently in the process of examining CCTV footage from the scene.

If anyone has any information on the filling station robbery in Port, or can assist gardaí with any of their investigations, they can contact the Portlaoise Garda Station of 05786 21666.


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