15 Aug 2022

Gardai investigating CCTV after trailer stolen from well known Portlaoise man's garden

Gardai are investigating an incident where a trailer was stolen straight out of a garden in Portlaoise last week.

Well known Portlaoise man, Mick Fitzpatrick, told the Leinster Express that he was sitting in his sitting room reading the paper and watching television when a man walked into his garden and nonchalantly stole the trailer straight out of it.

The trailer had been made for him over 20 years ago by students who he drove a school bus for. Mr Fitzpatrick lives on the Borris Road in Portlaoise and CCTV from St Mary’s Hall and two nearby shops is being looked at as part of an ongoing investigation.

The trailer is a grey colour with wooden sides and ‘could carry a tonne of turf’. There are no tail lights or indicators on the trailer so Mr Fitzpatrick said he didn’t know why anyone would want it. As it was made for him locally, he said it is easily identifiable.

He said that one man can be seen on the footage, he is tall, young man who was able to jump over the high garden wall.

“They walked out with the trailer same as if they were going for a walk with the dog,” he said.

An expensive lock was broken on the garden gate and the gates were opened out the opposite way as Mr Fitzpatrick usually would, causing damage to the gate.

Mr Fitzpatrick lives alone and said that he would now be more worried when he sees a sensor light coming on in the garden.

He said he regrets not taking one wheel off the trailer and throwing it on a block as ‘that would be the best lock, no one would steal a trailer with no wheel’.

“No one ever took even an apple before this, I didn’t hear anything and I was sitting just inside where they took it, he walked straight out passed me wheeling it,” he said.

The burglary took place around 11.30pm on Wednesday night, May 30. If anyone was in the area at the time or saw anyone with a trailer on the Borris Road at the time, contact Portlaoise Garda Station.

Mr Fitzpatrick is a well known Portlaoise man and was a steward in O’Moore Park for over 20 years.

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