A HEARTBROKEN County Limerick man who laid his wife to rest a week ago returned to their home the following day to find it robbed, ransacked and her wedding rings stolen.
Derek McInerney, of Cappanahanagh, Murroe made the decision prior to closing the coffin of his beloved wife Valerie Grimes to keep her rings as keepsakes for their two little boys.
All the jewellery belonging to the late Mrs Grimes, who was in her late thirties, was taken in the robbery. The thieves broke in through the patio door and also took televisions, electrical goods, the children’s playstations and a small amount of cash.
One Murroe man said the local community was “absolutely disgusted” at what happened.
“To bury your wife from cancer and then to have your house turned upside down by thieves the day after is the lowest of the low. Everyone here is sickened. Valerie was highly respected and Derek is a lovely man. Everyone was in shock at her passing then we heard about the robbery,” he said.
Gardai say houses in Caherconlish and Ballyneety were broken in to around the same time - 7pm last Friday.
Murroe gardai led an investigation with other gardai from the Bruff district and arrested a man in the city just over 12 hours later.
“On Saturday after our own enquiries and investigations a red van was identified and a suspect was arrested in Limerick city. A second man residing in the Murroe area was arrested on Monday afternoon,” said a Garda spokesman. This suspect is believed to a major criminal figure in Limerick. Both men have been released on bail and files have been sent to the DPP.
Gardai conducted follow up searches and have recovered all the McInerney’s property including Mrs Grimes’s wedding and engagement rings. However, one ring is outstanding - believed to be an eternity ring - but garda investigations are continuing and they hope to recover it.