THE home of a terminally ill woman was broken into and ransacked by thieves while she was being treated for her illness in hospital.
Gardai at Roxboro Road are investigating the incident which occurred last week at Crecora Avenue, Ballinacurra Weston.
According to gardai, the culprits broke into the woman’s house and stole copper piping including the hot-water tank before attempting to set the house on fire as they fled.
“They set the bins at the back of the house on fire but luckily it didn’t spread to the building,” said one man who asked not to be identified.
The house where the break-in happened has been boarded up since the incident and it is understood officials at Limerick City Council are seeking to secure emergency accommodation for the woman, who is aged in her fifties.
“Where is it going to end? That poor woman’s family had to come the following day and collect all her stuff from the house,” said a local resident who added that people are living in fear that their homes will be targeted next.
“They knew she was in the hospital and people are afraid to leave their homes in case they are broken into too,” said the man.
Separately gardai believe two house fires in Ballinacurra Weston on Sunday night were started maliciously.
Two units of the Limerick city fire service attended a fire at Clarina Avenue, Ballinacurra Weston at around 8.10pm while a second fire was reported at nearby Crecora Avenue at 8.50pm.
Both fires, which broke out at derelict houses, were brought under control quickly and there were no reports of any injuries.
The two houses were severely damaged.
It is suspected that the fires were started maliciously and anyone with information is asked to contact Roxboro Road garda station, which is investigating the fires at (061) 214340.