Gang targets cars in theft spree

Gardai believe a criminal gang are responsible for the spate of car break-ins which occurred in several locations throughout County Roscommon in the past forty-eight hours or so.    The thieves involved appear to have targeted valuable tools in the course of their crime spree.    Gardai are now investigating a remarkable series of apparently linked car break-ins in areas including Roscommon, Strokestown, Ballaghaderreen, Frenchpark, Ballinagare and Knockcroghery.    A Garda spokesperson at Roscommon Garda Station told the People that investigating Gardai are working on the theory that the same gang is involved in the incidents.    On Monday last, 11 th of June, a car parked at Roscommon Golf Club was broken into. Items of clothing were stolen. The incident occurred between 7 and 10 pm.    On the same day, between 3 and 4 pm, a jeep was broken into at Knockcroghery village and tools were stolen.   On Tuesday 12 th , a phone was stolen from a parked car in Roscommon town at approximately 2.30 pm.    Vehicles were also broken into in Strokestown. A car parked on Main St. between 10 pm on Tuesday night and 7 am on Wednesday morning, was broken into and a number of tools were taken.     A van parked in the same street had its window smashed, and once again tools were taken. That theft took place between 6 pm on Tuesday evening and 9 am on Wednesday morning.    On Tuesday night/Wednesday morning  Gardai reported a number of break-ins to vehicles in Ballinagare and Frenchpark. In Ballinagare three private cars were broken into and a while later three more vehicles, including a van, were broken into in Frenchpark and a quantity of power tools were stolen in those latter incidents.   Gardai are looking for a dark Peugeot 406 car. The driver was seen acting suspiciously in the Frenchpark/Ballinagare area.    Gardai in Strokestown, Roscommon and Ballaghaderreen are investigating the break-ins and have appealed to the public to come forward with any information they may have in relation to this spate of crimes.