TWO PROMINENT city centre business premises on O'Connell Street suffered damage, with one building broken into and "ransacked", with smashed windows and blood stains on the front door and windows clearly visible from street level.
A trail of blood was also visible continuing up the main Limerick thoroughfare from the building, located at 93 O'Connell Street.
Shattered glass and blood-stained doors, windows and walls greeted the business residents of 93 O'Connell Street when they arrived for work this Thursday morning on Limerick's busiest street.
The break-in to this building is understood to have taken place between 8pm on Wednesday and 9am on Thursday.
FB Keating Solicitors, located two doors up from the damaged building, were understood to have suffered a broken window, but were not impacted further. It is thought that the culprit injured themselves in this incident, but continued on to the building two doors up, where blood stains were clearly visible from the street on the front door and windows.
Gardai in the Henry Street Crime Office confirmed this to the Limerick Leader.
"There was criminal damage done to number 91, but no entry was gained. Entry was gained to number 93 via the front door and it is absolutely likely that both incidents were connected," said a spokesman. Henry Street added that there was "no suspect identified" as of this Thursday afternoon.
There was believed to have been little or nothing stolen from the premises at 93 O'Connell Street, which houses four businesses - O'Connor Shanahan Architects, IFG Mortgages, Joseph Griffin Solicitors and Michael Wallace Accountants - but Gardai could not confirm this when the Leader attended the scene.
Gardai arrived at the O'Connell Street premises soon after the break-in was discovered, with a Garda technical team arriving around 10.30am.