GARDAI are being praised for their swift response to a spate of burglaries in a suburban housing estate.
Seven different houses were broken into at Elm Park, Castletroy over a six-day period between March 13 and March 18.
There are around 70 privately-owned houses in the estate, with a considerable number of them being rented as student accommodation.
It is understood that most of the houses which were targeted recently were occupied by students and that items such as laptops, mobile phones and other electronic items were taken.
However, speaking this Wednesday, Sgt Brian Broderick said there had been a significant breakthrough in the investigation.
“I am please to report that gardai from Henry Street, who are investigating these burglaries have identified three suspects for these burglaries, arrests have been made and property stolen has been recovered,” he said.
It is understood a number of those arrested are likely to appear in court in the coming weeks to face charges in connection with the burglaries. Local councillor, Michael Sheahan says the gardai must be credited for their quick response.
“I want to compliment the gardai on their detective work because they seem to know who is behind these break-ins and they have been very quick to solve them,” he said.
The Leader has learned that the recent spate of burglaries at Elm Park, which is located near the popular Hurlers pub, was not the first.
Several houses were targeted over a short period late last year with the culprits again targeting laptops and electronics.
While gardai have apprehended the culprits they are appealing to those in Elm Park –especially students – to ensure their homes are properly secured.