A VACANT hotel premises on the outskirts of the city was extensively damaged by flooding when thieves broke in and stole three large copper cylinders.
The incident, which is the latest involving the theft of copper, happened at the Two Mile Inn on the Ennis Road sometime between 2pm and 5pm last Sunday.
“The thieves in this case smashed a back window and stole three very large copper cylinders by removing them using an angle grinder,” said crime prevention officer Sgt Brian Broderick who added that “extensive flood damage” was caused at the premises as a result of the theft.
Sgt Broderick is appealing for anyone who may have seen anything suspicious to contact gardai.
“Obviously some form of transport was used, so we are asking anyone who may have been in the vicinity of the Ennis Road on Sunday afternoon and who may have seen anything suspicious to contact the Gardaí at Mayorstone on 061 456980 or any Garda station,” he said.
In a separate incident, a large quantity of copper wire was stolen from the University of Limerick at the weekend.
That incident happened in the early hours of last Friday morning and, according to gardai, the stolen wire was due to be installed in a power-box at the Pavillion on the UL campus.