Information is being sought in connection with an incident at Rosenallis football pitch at the weekend in which a number of cars were damaged.
The incident occurred just after 7pm on Sunday (June 29), while the footballers were busy at a training session at the club. A number of cars parked at the grounds were damaged, although the gardaí have confirmed that forced entry was only gained by the culprits to one vehicle. In this case, a garda spokesperson has revealed that a form of personal identification was stolen from the car.
There were no witnesses to the crime and the gardaí do not have any descriptions of those involved, nor is it known if the culprits escaped on foot or used a car.
Anyone who can help the gardaí with their inquiries is asked to contact the garda station.
The gardaí have also confirmed that there were a number of house break-ins last week in the Portarlington area. In one case damage was caused by the thieves when they gained entry to a house some time between mid-afternoon and late evening, although nothing was taken from the premises. It is not known whether the thieves were disturbed during the break-in.
In a number of other cases a quantity of cash was stolen from the houses, which were unoccupied at the time.
In other crime news, the gardaí have reported that they recovered a caravan which was stolen from a business premises in Portarlington last week. One man in his 20s not from the locality has been arrested and charged in relation to the theft.
And a garda spokesperson has confirmed that there was nothing malicious about an incident in which a car caught fire in the Kilmullen area of Portarlington last Wednesday (June 25).
The car went on fire due to a mechanical fault, as the vehicle was waiting in a line of traffic that built up following a separate road traffic accident. As gardaí were attending to the scene of a two vehicle collision in the area, in which material damage was caused but no injuries, they noticed that an approaching car seemed to have caught on fire. The immediate area was cleared and the fire brigade was called, but the incident was soon resolved and is not being treated as malicious.
Anyone with any information on any of the crimes outlined above should contact the Portlaoise Garda Station on 057 8674100.