Gardai appeal for help following crime spree

Local gardai are appealing for help following a number of burglaries and car thefts across the south Leitrim area in recent days.

Local gardai are appealing for help following a number of burglaries and car thefts across the south Leitrim area in recent days.

A significant amount of electrical equipment and cabling was stolen in a very professional robbery of an electrical store in Carrick-on-Shannon on Wednesday, August 3.

Thieves forced their way through the front shutters of he King and Moffat store on the Boyle Road cutting phone and power cables before utilising a forklift truck to remove equipment from the premises.

The break-in occurred some time between 12am and 2am and gardai are appealing for anyone who may have noticed anything unusual to contact them immediately.

Gardai are also investigating break-ins at two homes in the Annaduff area over the last week.

On Wednesday, August 3, thieves forced their way into an unoccupied home in Aughamore during a daylight break-in. They completely cleaned out the property taking a large amount of household equipment in the raid.

In a separate robbery, thieves broke into an unoccupied house in the Annaduff area in the early hours of Saturday morning, August 6. A large amount of money was stolen in the raid.

Two cars were also stolen in the south Leitrim area over the last five days. The first vehicle was stolen from Main Street, Carrigallen at around 2pm on August 3. It was later recovered in Newry, Co Down.

Another vehicle was taken in Ballinamore town some time between 6pm on Monday, August 8 and 9am on Tuesday, August 9. The vehicle, a silver Mazda with the registration 03 D 61852, has not been recovered.

In a separate matter, Carrick-on-Shannon Gardai have detained a suspect and recovered a number of counterfeit notes following an investigation in Carrick-on-Shannon over the weekend.

A number of counterfeit €50 notes were passed in the county town over the weekend. A file is now being prepared for the DPP on the matter. Gardai are urging all business owners to remain vigilant and check all notes for authenticity.

Anyone who may be able to assist gardai with any of the above investigations is asked to contact Carrick-on-Shannon Garda Station directly on (071) 9620021.