Cars used in break-ins sighted in Laois

Information is being sought from the public in relation to two vehicles that are believed to have been used in a number of burglaries around the county within in the past seven days.

Homes in the areas of Abbeyleix, Mountmellick and Portlaoise were all targeted by thieves, with electronic goods being the main items sought after.

A garda spokesperson has revealed to the Leinster Express that a number of houses were hit last week and at the weekend in the subdistricts of Abbeyleix and Mountmellick, though fortunately no entry was gained in many cases.

In the Abbeyleix subdistrict a silver Skoda was observed in the area on Friday, and the gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have seen this vehicle to contact them.

There were also break-ins in Portlaoise town at the weekend and a maroon coloured Nissan Almera driven by a woman was spotted in the area, with a partial registration plate identification of 00-D-17. Anyone who may have spotted this car is asked to call the gardaí.

In other crime news, the garda spokesperson has confirmed that there were a number of arrests for drink driving in Portlaoise on Saturday (July 12), while there were a number of minor public order matters in Portarlington where the French Festival was being staged. The spokesperson has said that in general the festival was very well run.

Also reported was a break-in at the Ballyroan GAA club last weekend (July 4-6), when thieves removed a copper tank causing damage to the premises. The gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to contact them.

In the wake of this latest break-in at a GAA club, Laois GAA secretary Niall Handy has issued a warning to all clubs to be extra vigilant to ensure grounds and premises are made as secure as possible.

“It is also worth reminding players and mentors of the safety of their personnel belongings (money, phones, watches etc) during games and training sessions. A number of our clubs have been targeted in this area in the past and clubs hosting championship games in the coming months should be particularly aware that dressing rooms should be locked and secure during games,” said Mr Handy.


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