Copper thieves target CIE depot

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

GARDAI are appealing for information following the theft of a large amount of copper from the CIE freight yard on Roxboro Road.

GARDAI are appealing for information following the theft of a large amount of copper from the CIE freight yard on Roxboro Road.

Around 500 metres of copper cable was stolen by the culprits who broke into a storeroom in the yard by forcing open a door.

Gardai say the incident happened sometime between 7pm on Thursday, September 15, last and 9am the following morning.

The culprits would have used some form of truck or van to remove the copper from the yard and anyone who may have noticed any suspicious behaviour in the area is asked to contact gardai.

The incident is the latest in a string of copper thefts which have happened across the city because of the price of copper.

Last month, thousands of euro worth of damage was caused when thieves stole three copper tanks from the Two Mile Inn on the Ennis Road.

A large quantity of copper was also stolen from the ESB sub-station on the Ballysimon Road and a fortnight ago dozens of homeowners were left without telephone services when thieves stole 200 metres of phone cable from roadside poles near Drombanna.

A number of private houses have also been targeted in recent weeks and gardai are advising the owners of unoccupied properties to be especially vigilant.