A GALVANISED gate was stolen from the entrance to a field in a night-time robbery in County Limerick.
Gardai say it is an “unusual crime and not something that is very prevalent”.
The crime could have had serious consequences for motorists if there had been cattle in the field and they escaped on to the road.
Garda John Finnerty said the galvanised gate at the entrance to a field was stolen from Abbeyview, Askeaton on Monday, April 16 between midnight and 9am.
The gardai in Askeaton are investigating the crime and can be contacted on 061 601630 if anybody saw anything suspicious.
Last year in Bruff three metal drinking troughs for cattle were stolen from a field and parts of a Massey Ferguson tractor were stolen from a garage.
Meanwhile, with the rising prices of silage wrap and fertiliser, they have also been targeted by criminals. Two tonnes of fertiliser were stolen from a farmyard at Kilmacanerla, Croom between 2.30pm on Sunday afternoon and 9.30am on Monday morning, April 16 and 17.
“To remove the fertiliser some form of transport had to be utilised and would have taken some time. If you were in the area on Sunday evening or the early hours of Monday morning and saw and activity please contact the gardai in Croom on 061-397240,” said Garda Finnerty.