IT’S GOING to be a very merry Christmas for thieves who stole a total of 13 kegs from outside the front of pubs in Doon and Cappamore.
The thieves were up early, says Garda John Finnerty.
“Ten kegs of assorted beers were stolen from outside the front of a public house at Main Street, Doon on Wednesday morning, December 5 between 6.30am and 7.30am,” said Garda Finnerty.
On the same date and time in Cappamore three kegs of Guinness were stolen from the front of a public house on the village’s Main Street.
“It is quite likely that the same thieves were involved in both of these incidents,” said the Bruff garda.
Cappamore gardai are investigating the crimes and anybody who saw any suspicious activity on December 5 to contact them on 061 381202.
Garda Finnerty say this type of crime is becoming more prevalent.
In Annacotty on October 24 a white Ford Transit van pulled up, a male loaded a keg of Heineken into it and drove off.
At around 8.30am the following day six kegs of Guinness and five kegs of Heineken were taken from outside a pub in Ballyneety. A further seven kegs of Guinness and a keg of Fosters were stolen from outside another pub on the same day.
Meanwhile, in Patrickswell three kegs of Heineken, a keg of Guinness and one of Fosters were stolen at around 8.30am on Friday, October 26.
While in Rathkeale on November 30 four kegs of Guinness were stolen.
A pub in Pallasgreen was broken into at 5.30am on Sunday, November 11. On this occasion crates of spirits valued at approximately €200.
Gardai are warning publicans to be extra vigilant following a spate of these incidents county- wide over the past three months during which kegs of beer and stout were stolen from outside pubs.
Meanwhile, Garda Finnerty is warning Mass goers on Saturday night to secure their dwellings as much as possible.
“We have recently seen that many houses have been broken into when the owners are attending Mass on Saturday evenings. We have investigated many burglaries where the owners left windows or doors unlocked or open. Unfortunately thieves don’t take a break at Christmas,” said Garda Finnerty.