Copper thieves steal telephone cables across County Limerick

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

GARDAI are investigating six separate incidents involving the theft of copper wiring over the past week.

GARDAI are investigating six separate incidents involving the theft of copper wiring over the past week.

The first incident happened on April 17, when copper telephone wiring was cut down from telephone poles at Friarstown and Fanningstown in Crecora, Cahernorry and Tubberquinn in Ballyneety and in Truagh in Clonlara.

Another incident happened between midnight and 7.30am on Friday April 20 at Killonahan in Crecora.

“This clearly is the work of the same group of criminals who are recklessly cutting down live telephone wires and in many instances knocking over telephone poles in order to steal the copper wiring. These criminals have caused disruption to telephone services in these areas causing inconvenience to many householders,” said Sgt Brian Broderick.

In response to the recent surge of copper thefts across Limerick, gardai have appointed two liaison Gardaí to work with scrap metal companies to ensure that the thieves cannot sell stolen metals.

Members of the public who see any suspicious activity are asked to contact their local garda station.