Thieves go on the rampage

Homes in Glenfarne, Carrigallen, Ballinamore, Fenagh, Keadue and Rooskey were targeted by thieves over the past week.

Homes in Glenfarne, Carrigallen, Ballinamore, Fenagh, Keadue and Rooskey were targeted by thieves over the past week.

Last Wednesday between 9am and 4pm four homes were also targeted by thieves in Carrigallen, Ballinamore and Fenagh.

Carrick Gardai informed the paper that “a silver car with false number plates” believed to be a Ford Focus travelled between the homes during the day. The first house targeted was in Carrigallen, jewellery and cash was stolen from two houses in Fenagh and Ballinamore which were unoccupied at the time with the owners at work. The final break in was in Killegar, Carrigallen. The owner of the house returned home to find the intruders on their way out. The owner tried to block their exit with his car, but one of them smashed the car window in response.

A spokesperson for Carrick Gardai asked people to make it their business to watch out for cars “not native” to the area. He said “if the car looks suspicious, call the Gardai, we will decide whether to act or not - all calls are dealt with in the strictest confidence.”

The Gardai said that gold is currently “very valuable” and thieves are looking for family homes which they believe hold jewellery. The Gardai advise people to put their jewellery in different places throughout the house. They said it is also important to have all valuable jewellery insured. The Gardai said that many of the stolen items are smelted for their gold in a matter of days - it can be impossible to recover such items.

It is very easy to quickly sell on stolen goods “without any questions,” the Garda Spokesperson commented.

Burglars target an area for a few hours and break ins happen in flashes. Gardai say Community Alert groups which have become dormant for years “must become active again.” Contact Carrick Gardai on (071) 9650510.

To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.