Gardaí urge vigilance after spate of burglaries

A pitchfork, hook and saw left behind on the ground. Mr O'Shea believes the gang would have used the implements to attack him.
Robert O’Shea told the Tipperary Star that the business he has built up over 35 years has been set back years by a double robbery over Saturday and Sunday nights. Thieves broke into his farmyard near Littleton, on the Mill Road, on Saturday night or early Sunday morning, siphoning off hundreds of euro worth of diesel, along with nearly 10 batteries, drills, angle grinders, spanners and sockets, while a pump and a pipe were damaged.

Robert O’Shea told the Tipperary Star that the business he has built up over 35 years has been set back years by a double robbery over Saturday and Sunday nights. Thieves broke into his farmyard near Littleton, on the Mill Road, on Saturday night or early Sunday morning, siphoning off hundreds of euro worth of diesel, along with nearly 10 batteries, drills, angle grinders, spanners and sockets, while a pump and a pipe were damaged.

The thieves even rolled some bails of hay across a stream in case they had to make a fast getaway, indicating that the culprits had been watching the property and knew Mr O’Shea’s routine. “We reckon they were on the premises for two or three hours, on both nights. And I would say they had this planned beforehand,” said Mr O’Shea. Mr O’Shea took efforts to secure his farm, but the thieves returned on Sunday night. A neighbour alerted Mr O’Shea at around 3.3am on Monday morning/Sunday night. The gang overturned a forklift securing an entrance. “It took a lot of manpower to do that. They took eight more batteries the second night. They took a pillar drill, a compressor, more spanners and sockets, top-of-the-range hydraulic pullers, a torque spanner, even the hammers - there’s not a hammer left in the place. There are two sledges gone. A hacksaw.”

The total value of the equipment was put at J15,000 but could be much higher.