Phone lines cut during elaborate Tesco burglary

Gerard Fitzgibbon

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Gerard Fitzgibbon

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GARDAI in Newcastle West are appealing for information regarding an “elaborate” but failed break-in attempt at a local supermarket.

GARDAI in Newcastle West are appealing for information regarding an “elaborate” but failed break-in attempt at a local supermarket.

In the early hours of last Thursday, November 22, two thieves attempted to steal cash from a locked office in the town’s Tesco supermarket on the Limerick Road, having earlier cut its phone lines and disabled its security cameras.

Sgt Denis Woods said that the incident took place just after 3am when the pair, who were wearing black clothes, green gloves and had their faces covered, gained entry to the supermarket by smashing a pane of glass on the emergency door.

The thieves had earlier cut phone lines to the building, and once inside they were able to disable the in-store CCTV.

However they were then unable to break into the main office to steal the store’s cash, despite repeatedly smashing the door with a sledgehammer. The culprits then fled the building.

Sgt Woods said that no arrests have yet been made in connection with the “elaborate” break-in, which gardai believe was pre-planned in detail. Anyone who may have witnessed any suspicious activity near the store at approximately 3am last Thursday has been asked to contact Newcastle West gardai on 069 20650.

Meanwhile, gardai in Newcastle West are also investigating a series of burglaries from houses in the Ardagh-Carrigkerry area last week.

A number of vacant, unsold properties were targeted by one group of thieves, who were understood to have been using a Toyota car to travel around the area.

Last Monday, November 19 the thieves forced their way into a house at Rooskagh Court, Carrigkerry via a rear window and stole a mobile phone and a pair of Timberland boots before ransacking the home.

Garda Cathy Healy said that also stolen during the burglary was a small piece of engraved jewellery, which was described as having a low monetary value, but large “sentimental value” for its owner.

Gardai are hopeful that members of the local public may have noticed the Toyota vehicle acting suspiciously in the Ardagh-Carrigkerry area early next week, and have asked anyone who may have information to contact Newcastle West garda station.