OPPORTUNIST thieves are believed to have accessed the Redemptorists Church through the monastery that is currently vacant due to renovations.
Members of the congregation who attended mass on Wednesday were saddened to be informed of the burglary which occurred the previous night.
Rector of the Redemptorist community in Limerick, Fr Adrian Egan, confirmed that a laptop and a camcorder had been taken from the sacristy by the raiders.
Thieves have been stealing religious artefacts from churches around the country but Fr Egan said it was “fortunate” that no sacred items were stolen on this occasion.
“We believe that they may have got in through the monastery which is vacant at the moment because of the renovations although we will be moving back in very shortly,” Fr Egan said. The raiders made a mess in the sacristy and also damaged bookshelves.
Det Sgt Ronan McDonagh of Henry Street Garda Station said an investigation into Tuesday night’s break-in was underway and Fr Egan said CCTV footage was being made available to assist gardai in their inquiries.
Limerick thieves have been targeting churches for charity boxes but Fr Egan said no cash was stolen on this occasion.