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Cars broken into during Limerick wedding

Gardai are investigating the thefts

Gardai are investigating the thefts

 

Five cars were broken into outside the church in Croom last weekend while a wedding ceremony was taking place.

Gardaí said the cars were parked in a large car park and a variety of items including money was stolen.

Pat Fitzgerald, who previously served as a councillor in Limerick County Council, said that “it seemed a highly organised robbery”.

The cars were broken into through the back windscreen using a steel instrument and the alarms then sounded alerting the wedding guests inside the church.

Some items that were stolen were found by local residents a mile outside Croom on the Manister road, explained Mr Fitzgerald.

“The couple, families and guests, they put it aside and they celebrated the wedding,” added Mr Fitzgerald.

Croom’s parish priest Fr Joseph Kennedy said: “It is very sad to think a thing like that would happen especially when people are visiting a place for a wedding.”

Mr Fitzgerald said gardaí arrived quickly on the scene, but he feels incidents like this stem from a lack of a garda presence in the area.

Croom garda station is open an hour a day, although a number of gardai are specifically attached to Croom, but based in Rathkeale.

Mr Fitzgerald added that he will not be shy to call on Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald to return to her birthplace of Croom to discuss the policing issues.

Investigations into the incident are ongoing and anybody with information is asked to contact Newcastle West garda station on 069 20650 or ring the Garda Confidential line on 1800 666 111.

 

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