THE COMMUNITY in Bruree were left “disgusted” after every single piece of their Tidy Towns equipment valued at over €2,000 was stolen.
Gardai were alerted after it was discovered that the equipment was missing from the house where it was being stored. The equipment was bought from funds raised from various local parish events including quizzes.
“A leaf blower, two strimmers, a hedge trimmers, and a lawn mower all worth over €2,000 were stolen,” explained a spokesperson for Bruff garda station.
The incident occurred overnight on October 18/19.
“Gardai conducted a search at a house in the Bruree area and recovered stolen gardening equipment. There was one offender identified,” continued the garda.
News of the incident was reported on the Rockhill/Bruree Tidy Towns Committee Facebook page with locals using the site to voice their disquiet at the incident.
“What has happened to our lovely parish...terrible news,” read one comment. “That is just disgusting,” stated another.
According to locals, the incident is just the latest in a serious of crime-related incidents to have taken place in the picturesque village in recent months.
A member of the local Tidy Towns Committee praised the gardai for their efforts in recovering the equipment.
“This wouldn’t have been possible without the vigilance and prompt action of the local gardai and in particular, Garda McEnery to whom we owe a great deal of thanks. It has also been gratifying to have had so much help and support from the entire community,” he stated.
“The gardai in Kilmallock and our community garda have been absolutely fantastic,” he stated.
“We are very relieved to have had all our tools and equipment returned to us. Being a part of Tidy Towns can often feel like a thankless task, especially when local vandals daubed the bridge with graffiti or when we experienced something like the theft of our tools. However, the fallout from this robbery has shown us that the work that we do and the effort we put in to making Bruree a beautiful place to live is appreciated by many. Thank you to all who helped in the search for our tools prior to them being recovered,” he added.