Burglaries down 11% in Limerick

Anne Sheridan

Reporter:

Anne Sheridan

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BURGLARIES in Limerick are down 11% in comparison to this time last year, but gardai have said break-ins continue to be a “significant problem” with a number reported in the city in the last week.

BURGLARIES in Limerick are down 11% in comparison to this time last year, but gardai have said break-ins continue to be a “significant problem” with a number reported in the city in the last week.

Sergeant Brian Broderick, of the Crime Prevention Office at Henry Street station, said this fall-off in burglaries is the result of Operation Fiacla, an initiative to target criminal gangs involved in carrying out burglaries throughout the country.

The operation has led to a number of “significant arrests” made so far this year.

Gardai have urged householders and the business community “to continue to be vigilant so that this positive trend can be maintained”.

Gardaí from Roxboro Road are investigating a burglary that took place at an industrial premises in Crossagalla Industrial Estate on the Ballysimon Road at 11.45pm on Saturday, August 4, after the front door was broken in.

Offices were ransacked and a considerable sum of cash, as well as car keys were stolen. Anyone who has any information about this burglary is asked to contact the gardaí at Roxboro Road at 061 214340.

Gardaí at Roxboro Road have arrested two males following a burglary at a house in Rosmore.

One youth has been dealt with under the Juvenile Liaison Scheme while another man has been charged with the burglary and brought before the District Court.

Meanwhile, a householder in Cherrydale Court on the Dublin Road awoke at 5.40am on Saturday August 4 to find an intruder crouched in the corner of his bedroom. The intruder ran out of the room and escaped through the front door of the house.

The householder pursued the thief to discover that a second person was sitting in the householder’s car and was attempting to start it. This person also fled the scene.

A pair of women’s runners were recovered outside a bathroom window which is believed to be the point of entry. It is therefore likely that at least one of the burglars was female. Call Henry Street at 061 212400.