Garda warning following spate of burglaries

Gardai have urged householders in Clonmel to be vigilant about locking their homes and turning on burglar alarms when going out following a spate of five burglaries in the town over the past week.

Gardai have urged householders in Clonmel to be vigilant about locking their homes and turning on burglar alarms when going out following a spate of five burglaries in the town over the past week.

And Gardai in Cahir are also investigating the theft of approximately E2000 worth of jewellery from a house burgled in the town last week.

A house in Cherrymount was the first of the Clonmel homes to be burgled last Thursday between 4pm and 5pm. Several thousand euros worth of cash was stolen in the break-in.

Two homes in Ard na Greine, Clonmel were broken into last Friday between 5pm and 8pm. The houses were ransacked but nothing was stolen, according to a spokesman for Clonmel Garda Station.

Burglars raided a house in Silversprings and a house Summerhill Drive on Sunday. They were making off with a television and handbag from the Silversprings residence when disturbed by gardai, who arrived at the property after being alerted by a vigilant neighbour in the early hours of Saturday morning. The TV and bag were abandoned in the front lawn by the criminals, who escaped from the scene.

The Garda spokesman said they were not following any definite line of enquiry into the burglaries and did not know as yet whether all the break-ins were committed by the same people.

He appealed to anyone who witnesses suspicious activity around the residential areas the burglaries occurred around the time they happened to contact Clonmel Garda Station.

"We also advise people to be vigilant when going out and make sure they lock up their premises and put on their house alarms," he said.

It's understood that four of the five houses burgled in Clonmel were unoccupied when they were raided. The occupants of the Silversprings house were asleep when the burglars struck.

An appeal for the public's help has also been issued by gardai based in Cahir, who are investigating the theft of several pieces of jewellery from a house at Avondale Court in the town last Friday between 4pm and 8pm. The occupants of the house were out when the break-in occurred.