Burglars stole cash from a safe in the sacristy of the Catholic church in Ballyporeen last weekend.
According to Gardai in Cahir, the Church of Our Lady of The Assumption was broken into sometime between Saturday evening and Sunday morning, December 6 and 7.
Gda. Sgt. Brendan Franklin said the criminals gained entry to the church by breaking a window of the sacristy. Once inside, they forced the safe open and took its contents.
He appealed to anyone who saw suspicious activity in the vicinity of the church that night to contact Cahir Garda Station at (052) 7441222.
“The burglars would have spent a considerable amount of time inside as it would have taken quite an amount of time to open the safe,” he said. The raid of the church is the latest in a spate of burglaries in South Tipperary over the past month.
Gardai in Carrick-on-Suir are also appealing for the public’s help in their investigation into the burglary of two homes in Collins Park in the town on the night of Saturday, November 29 between 8pm and 9.30pm. The occupants of both houses were out when the break-ins occurred.
Meanwhile, in the run up to Christmas, Gardai in South Tipperary are clamping down on drink driving by staging extra late night traffic checkpoints on roads around the county.
The campaign has so far resulted in Gardai arresting two people for suspected drink driving at checkpoints in the Cahir area in the early hours of last Sunday.
The first arrest was made at 2.30am and the other was made at 5.20am that day.