GARDAI are appealing for information after several beer kegs were stolen from outside a number of pubs in the city centre during broad daylight.
Three different pubs were targeted by the culprits at around 8.30am last Thursday.
Investigating gardai believe that two men were responsible for the spate of thefts and that they used a commercial vehicle to transport the kegs once they had removed them.
“They were travelling in a red van, possibly a Nissan vanette,” said a garda spokesman.
According to gardai, the culprits stole a single keg from outside a premises on Ellen Street and three more from outside another premises on William Street.
A further four kegs were stolen by the men from outside a pub on Denmark Street on the same morning.
Gardai are viewing CCTV located near each of the pubs in an effort to identify the culprits and their exact movements on the day.
One line of enquiry being followed is that they may be associated with criminal elements from outside Limerick.
“There are a number of groups, mainly from Dublin who carry out this type of crime,” said crime prevention officer Sgt Brian Broderick.
Following the thefts, gardai are urging publicans to be alert and to take precautions to prevent such thefts from happening at their premises.
“I would ask publicans to be especially vigilant on the mornings of deliveries to prevent this type of theft from taking place,” he said.
Anyone who was in the Ellen Street, William Street or Denmark Street areas last Thursday morning and who saw anything suspicious or the red van are asked to contact gardai.
Detectives at Henry Street station are investigating the incident and they can be contacted at (061) 212400.