Gardai warn car owners following spate of thefts from vehicles

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Car owners are being urged to be extra vigilant following a spate of thefts from cars in Nenagh, Borrisokane, Garrykennedy and Newport over the past week.

Car owners are being urged to be extra vigilant following a spate of thefts from cars in Nenagh, Borrisokane, Garrykennedy and Newport over the past week.

A Garda spokesperson at Nenagh said that nine cars were broken into and items ranging from handbags to laptops and iPhones stolen. The thefts occured at matches, while people were shopping and from cars parked outside houses.

They appealed to people not to leave valuables in their cars, saying it was an “open invitation” to what may be opportunistic criminals.

Meanwhile, a man was arrested and charged following an incident in Nenagh in which an 84-year-old man was terrified. The incident happened at St Flannan’s Street on March 22 at around 6pm when the injured party discovered a man in his house. The man demanded the injured party’s medication and was subsequently given E240 to leave the house.

The Gardai in Nenagh have located an almost new Honda strimmer and an air line hose on its reel and are anxious to talk their owner or to anybody who may have any information concerning the items. The items were recovered following a house search. Contact Garda Seamus Kelly at Nenagh Garda station on 067-31333.

Cash was taken in two separate break-ins at shop units in Brooklands on March 20. A total of E440 was stolen from both premises.

An estimated E4,000 worth of cannabis plants and equipment used for the cultivation of cannabis plants was seized at a house in Ballinlough, Toomevara, on March 18. The plants and equipment were discovered in the attic of the premises after the Gardai were called to an incident at the house.

In separate drug finds, a number of people in the Nenagh area were arrested and charged with possession of cannabis for their own personal use.

A woman had her mobile phone stolen when she was mugged by a man as she left work in the St John’s Place area of Nenagh at around 3pm on March 18. The woman opened her handbag and her attacker grabbed her phone and ran off. The value of the phone was E650.

The Gardai are also investigating a break-in at Macabar mine works on March 22 when there was a break-in at the Mid West Steel facility on the site. It is not known what, if anything, was taken in the break-in during which doors were smashed.