GARDAI are appealing to car owners and Christmas shoppers not to leave valuable items on display in their vehicles after they have parked.
The appeal is being made after property was stolen from a number of parked cars at locations across the city over the past week.
On Thursday last, December 5, a laptop was stolen from a car, which was parked in the Raheen Industrial estate.
“The owner parked their car all day and upon returning to the car, found that a grey Hewlett Packard laptop was stolen from the back seat of the car,” said a garda spokesperson.
A second car, which was parked in the same area was targeted on the same day.
Gardai suspect the same culprit may have been responsible.
“The injured party parked their car at 4pm and when they returned at 7pm, a Dell laptop and a jacket had been taken from the car,” explained Garda Denise Haverty of the Community Policing Unit at Henry Street garda station.
According to investigating gardai, the rear driver’s side window was smashed in each of the vehicles by the culprits.
In another incident, a handbag was stolen from the back seat of a car which was parked for a short time in the Dublin Road area of the city.
The injured party only discovered her handbag was missing after she returned home on Saturday evening.
On this occasion, the culprit gained entry to the vehicle by slightly forcing the driver’s door.
Separately, gardai are investigating the theft of registration plates from vehicles, which were parked in the city centre.
The first incident happened between 7.50pm and 8.20pm on December 4 at Hartstonge Street.
The second incident happened between 5pm on December 6 and 9.15am the following day.
Anybody who noticed anyone suspicious hanging around cars, is being asked to contact the garda at Henry Street who are investigating and can be contacted at (061)212400.