Church vandalised during weekend of burglaries

A NUMBER of areas around the county have been hit with burglaries over the past week, including a church in Portlaoise.

The Mountain of Fire Ministry in Clonminham was broken into on the evening of Saturday November 25 running into Sunday morning, November 25. Gardaí reported that there was a large amount of vandalism in the property and a number of electrical items were taken.

On Friday November 23 at approximately 1am, there was a burglary in Jade Palace Chinese restaurant in Abbeyleix.

A window was smashed and there was other criminal damage caused. A male in his 20s was arrested at the scene and Gardaí are following lines of enquiry.

A private residence in Cullenagh near Ballylinan was burgaled in the late evening on Friday November 23. A quantity of cash was taken. On Saturday November 24 also in the late evening, items of jewellery were taken during a burglary on a private residence in Ballickmoyler.

There was also a burglary in a house in Emo on Sunday November 25 shortly after 9pm. Gardaí said that a number of rooms were disturbed in the house but they did not yet know if anything was stolen.

A house in Clonaslee was also burgaled on the same evening at approximately 7.30pm when a quantity of cash was taken.

The Rock filling station in Mountmellick was burgaled last Thursday night, November 22. The burglary is believed to have taken place between 10pm and 2am. Gardaí said that the shutter was removed and the front door smashed, and a quantity of cigarettes were taken. Gardaí said that all residences were empty at the time of the burglaries.

Speaking to the Leinster Express, Sergeant Walton advised people to be vigilant.

“These burglaries are occuring the late evening time. People should always be wary and be alert, and those with CCTV should make sure that it is working. The burglars are getting in through kitchen windows and rooms to the rear of houses, but this depends on the location of the house”.

Sergeant Walton also advised people to take note of any suspicious cars in their areas, and to contact the Gardaí.


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