NEWBRIDGE gardaí are reiterating their warning about home security following a continuing spate of break-ins at houses in the area.
With several burglaries committed earlier this month already under investigation, local gardaí were again faced with a litany of similar crimes in the past week – many of them taking place during the day or early evening.
Two homes in the Lakeside Park area were targeted. The first of these was on Friday last 16, when the front door of an unoccupied house was forced open and several rooms searched, although nothing was taken. A second house in the area was burgled on Saturday evening between 6pm and 10pm and although it again appeared that nothing was taken, a window was forced open and the house had been searched thoroughly by the would-be thieves.
A house at Oak Road, Connell Drive was entered after the burglars damaged the front door by forcing it, some time between 10am and 2.45pm on Sunday last 18 November – again while the property was unoccupied. A sum of money was stolen from the house.
Thieves made off with a number of items of gold jewellery after breaking into a house at Moorefield Park on Saturday evening sometime between 1pm and 9.15pm.
In Ballymany Park, a householder returned on Saturday evening to find that the property had been ransacked after the thieves forced a window to gain entry. The burglary occurred between 5pm and 7pm and items of jewellery were taken, including silver cuff links and a black Rado watch, described as being unusual, with a porcelain face.
Burglars who broke into a house at Mountain View, Athgarvan, just after midnight on Friday night/Saturday morning, left with nothing after ransacking a bedroom. Similarly, there was no joy for the burglar who entered a house at Roseberry Hill on Thursday afternoon last, 15 November, after the owner of the house returned at around 2.30pm in the afternoon and found him inside her house.
The man had entered by forcing a door and he ran from the house, through the back door, after being disturbed. According to Sergeant Seamus Rothwell of Newbridge garda station, the householder was so shocked that she was unable to give any detailed description of the culprit.
There was one piece of success for the gardaí when a man was arrested following a break-in at Newbridge College shortly after midnight on Friday night/Saturday morning. He was arrested after his car was stopped in the wake of the break-in and was subsequently charged in relation to the offence.
Sgt Rothwell again warned householders to take care when leaving property unoccupied, use sensor lights and timer switches, ask neighbours to keep an eye on unoccupied properties and, if possible, install an alarm.
“If anyone saw anything unusual in the areas where these burglaries took place, or had any suspicious callers to the door, we would ask them to contact us,” said Sgt Rothwell, adding that people should also be vigilant when offered goods that they fear could be stolen.