Gardai have warned householders to be vigilant about home security following a spate of burglaries in Clonmel, Fethard and Cahir with quantities of jewellery stolen from two premises, and Christmas presents taken from another residence.
Two homes at The Comeraghs off The Davis Road in Clonmel were badly ransacked by burglars, who broke into the premises between 5.45pm and 7.15pm last Saturday when the owners were out.
A quantity of jewellery from one of the homes were among the items stolen by the raiders.
Two houses in Fethard and a rural house at Barne near Clonmel were burgled three days earlier on December 7. A house at Kilknockin, Fethard was broken into between 6pm and 6.30pm on this date and a quantity of jewellery was stolen, while Christmas presents were stolen from a house at Grangebarry, Fethard that was raided between 3.15pm and 7.40pm.
Christmas presents were also stolen in a burglary of a house in Portlaw in Co. Waterford the same day.
Meanwhile, burglars entered the house in Barne by forcing in the back door. According to gardai, nothing was stolen in the raid.
Gardai in Clonmel have appealed to anyone who saw suspicious activity in the vicinity of all these break-ins last Saturday and Wednesday to contact Clonmel Garda Station.
A similar appeal has been issued by gardai in Cahir investigating the burglary of a house in Abbey Street in the town in the early hours of last Saturday morning. The burglars gained entry by forcing the back door. No property was reported stolen.
Det. Sgt. Seamus Maher at Clonmel Garda Station said there has been a noticeable increase in burglaries in the past few months and urged householders to be extra vigilant and take down the registration numbers of any suspicious looking cars they spot in their neighbourhoods.
In the case of the burglaries at The Comeraghs, he appealed to anyone who saw a car with a loud exhaust in that area last Saturday to contact Clonmel Garda Station.
Clonmel Garda Station can be contacted at (052) 612222 and the contact number for Cahir Garda Station is (052) 7441222.