Gardai are investigating a spate of house burglaries across South Tipperary over the past week including break-ins to two homes in Tipperary Town while the elderly householders were attending Mass.
Homes in Clonmel, Cashel, Cahir, Carrick-on-Suir, Fethard, Clerihan and near Cloneen were also broken into with cash and jewellery the burglars’ main targets.
Gardai have appealed to householders to be extra vigilant about their home security in light of this crime spree and not to keep cash in their homes.
The force has also urged members of the public to contact their local garda station if they see any suspicious people or vehicles in their neighbourhoods or witnessed any suspicious activity in the areas where burglaries occurred over the past week.
Gda. Sgt. Paul Dennehy of Tipperary Garda Station condemned the break-in at two homes in the Limerick Road area of the town last Saturday evening while their elderly residents were at Mass, as the “the worst” type of burglary offence. The houses were broken into between 6pm and 7pm.
“If anyone saw any suspicious activity around the Limerick Road area that evening please contact us. We are very anxious to stop this crime and we wish to warn people who are going to Mass not to leave any cash around their homes and if possible to get a neighbour to watch the house while they are out,” he said.
Five Clonmel homes and a house at Knockeevin, Clerihan were burgled between last Thursday and Friday. Two of the Clonmel houses were located at Brookway and the others were at Abbey Meadows, Griffith Ave. and Ash Grove.
A Clonmel Garda Station spokesman said cash and jewellery were stolen from some of these homes.
He said arising from information from members of the public gardai were following a definite line of inquiry into the Clonmel break-ins and believe they were carried out by a criminal gang.
Gardai in Clonmel are also investigating burglaries at a house at Abbey Close, Fethard last Wednesday, January 14 and at a house near Cloneen last Thursday.
In Cashel, two houses at Sli Aonghusa were burgled last Thursday during the daytime.
And four houses in Cahir were broken into between last Thursday and last Saturday. The break-ins occurred between lunchtime and about 8pm.
Carrick-on-Suir Garda Station, meanwhile, reported that a house at St Molleran’s in Carrickbeg was burgled on Tuesday, January 13 between 10.40am and 11.10am while the occupants were out. A small quantity of cash was stolen in the raid.
Cashel car theft
A Dublin man aged in his 20 appeared before a special sitting of Cashel District Court last Saturday charged in connection with the theft of a car in Cashel town centre last Thursday evening.
The man has been remanded on bail to appear before Cashel District Court this Thursday. A spokesperson for Cashel Garda Station said the car was found in the town a short time after it was taken.
Window smashed in Carrick premises
Gardai are investigating the smashing of a window of a premises in Carrick-on-Suir town centre last Saturday night.
The criminal damage was caused to the window of the buliding on Main Street around 10.30pm that night.
Gardai are also investigating a trespass incident at a vacant house in the Greenhill Village estate in Carrick last Saturday afternoon. A Carrick-on-Suir Garda Station said they were following definite lines of inquiry into both crimes.