Six break-ins in one day in Portlaoise


Six break-ins in one day in Portlaoise
By Ryan Dunne

Thieves went on the rampage in Portlaoise last week, with six houses broken into across the town in one day.

The spate of burglaries took place last Thursday, December 8, in what a garda spokesperson described as a crime spree.

Two houses were broken into at Grenville, on the Dublin Road. One was hit sometime between 5.30pm and 8pm while the occupants were away from home, with the back patio door smashed to gain entry.

An upstairs bedroom was ransacked and it is not known if any property was taken from the premises.

The other house in Grenville was broken into between 7pm and 8pm, with forced entry once more gained via smashing the back patio door.

Property valued at approximately €300 was taken from an upstairs bedroom.

A house was ransacked at Carrick Hill on the same date, after entry was gained through a rear window. It is not known if anything was taken.

Two houses were broken into at the Hermitage on the Borris Road. In one, entry was gained via a rear glass door and two watches were stolen from the premises.

In the other, forced entry was gained through the front door and two rings were stolen from a jewellery box in an upstairs room.

And a house was broken into at The Grange on the Borris Road, between 1.30pm and 4.30pm.

A side window was forced and drawers in the house were rummaged through, although no items are thought to have been taken from the premises.

Anyone who can assist the gardaí with their investigation into any of these break-ins should call Portlaoise Garda Station on 05786 74100.