Gardaí are warning householders and sporting clubs to keep a close eye on valuables, after a spate of burglaries on homes and a targeted raid on Portlaoise Rugby Club.
Some nine burglaries took place at various locations last week and gardaí are advising that thieves can strike at any time of the day or night.
In one case, six mobile phones were snatched from the unlocked changing rooms of Portlaoise Rugby Club during a training session at the grounds on the evening of Thursday, January 23.
A spokesperson for Portlaoise gardaí revealed that they are following a line of inquiry but he reminded all sports clubs to keep their changing rooms secured.
There were also two burglaries in DeVesci Court, Portlaoise.
One took place overnight between Tuesday, January 21 and Wednesday, January 22, with household items taken, while the other was committed during the day on Friday, January 24, in which jewellery was snatched.
The garda spokesperson said it is believed two different groups were responsible.
There were two house burglaries in Clonad on Sunday morning, January 26, one in which jewellery was taken, and one in which both cash and jewellery were stolen.
There were further burglaries from unattended houses reported in Durrow, Abbeyleix and Portarlington.
“A burglar tends not to be an adventurous creature, they don’t tend to burgle a house with someone in it,” said the garda spokesperson.
“Burglaries can happen when people go to mass, when they go to the shop, or when they’re dropping the children to school,” he said.
Anyone with information on these crimes can call the gardaí on 05786 74100.