Public warned to be vigilant following burglary spree

Local public representatives have warned people to be on the lookout for any suspicious activity following a number of break-ins in the Castlerea and East Galway areas in recent days.

The warning comes following a number of break-ins in the Williamstown, Castlerea, Tulsk, Ballintubber, and Castleplunkett areas last week.

Local Gardaí also issued an alert to people in the area to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity or vehicles to Castlerea Garda Station on 094-9621630.

Posting on social media, Williamstown-based Galway County Councillor Declan Geraghty warned homeowners of a gang targeting vacant houses in the area in recent weeks.

“This is a gang that’s targeting houses that are vacant, where they see no lights on and they’re going in and plundering the place. These people are parasites and are no addition to society. They are going in and destroying people’s homes and turning the whole place upside down.

Cllr Geraghty warned homeowners to take preventative measures such as leaving lights/TV on when away from their property.

Local Fianna Fáil councillor Paschal Fitzmaurice this week encouraged local residents to be proactive in the fight against rural crime and report any suspicious activity to the Gardaí.

“In the first instance, I would encourage homeowners to ensure properties and sheds are locked up and alarms and security lights are in use, particularly throughout the dark winter months,” he said.

“Don’t be afraid to report any suspicious activity to the Gardaí and pass on registration numbers and descriptions even if it might seem trivial. These details can prove very helpful to those investigating such crimes”.

Meanwhile, Gardaí are currently investigating the theft of heating oil from Tibohine National School in Co. Roscommon sometime between 4 pm on Friday and 11 am on Saturday morning last.

They have appealed to anyone in the area who may have noticed any suspicious activity and/or a vehicle acting suspiciously in the Tibohine area of Ballaghaderreen at any time on Friday evening or late Friday night to contact them in Ballaghaderreen on 094-9860002.