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Sunday 24 September 2017

Gardai hunt gang targeting tractors after multiple thefts

The farming community are urged to review their security of farm machinery and in particular machinery stored in isolated areas. Photo: Steve Humphreys
The farming community are urged to review their security of farm machinery and in particular machinery stored in isolated areas. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Ciaran Moran

Ciaran Moran

An investigation is underway in North Leitrim after a spate of farm machinery thefts in recent days which appear to be targeting Massey Ferguson tractors.

Gardai in Leitrim say the thefts seem to have been pre-planned with a significant amount of logistical organisation.

The first theft took place Friday night, November 4 at approx 11.00pm when a Massey Ferguson 165 tractor with double wheels ( approx value €5000) was stolen from a farm at Drumconnor, Dromahair, not far from the Sligo/Leitrim border.

Three days later, in the early hours of Monday, November 7 2016 between 12.30 am and 1.00am, another two thefts occurred in close proximity to one another in townland of  Ballaghnabehy, Glenfarne, close to the ‘Big Bog Cross’ on the Manorhamilton to Glenfarne Road.

The first  involved the theft  of two tractors and other farm machinery were stolen from a  farm yard.

During this burglary the thieves left with a Massey Ferguson 165, a Ferguson TE20, a red Honda quad, and a Malone log splitter.

The second theft occurred of Massey Ferguson 390T ( approx value €12000) was stolen from another farm in the same area at the same time.

Garda Superintendent Kevin English, Leitrim Garda District who is involved in the investigation said Gardai believe that ‘all three incidents are linked’.

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Gardai are anxious to hear from anyone who may have seen individuals acting suspiciously in these areas.

'Yellow van'

It is understood Gardai are particularly interested in contacting anyone who may have seen a yellow van, not unlike a Ford Transit, in the Glenfarne area between 9.30pm on November 6 to  01.00 am on November 7.

Gardai also believe an articulated lorry with a trailer was involved in the thefts. Gardai are currently examining CCTV footage and have not ruled out a cross border link to the raids.

Gardai in the area have praised the support of the locals in the investigation thus far and are encouraging anyone with further information to contact Manorhamilton Garda Station on 071 980620 or the Garda Confidential number 1800 666 111. The farming community are urged to review their security of farm machinery and in particular machinery stored in isolated areas.

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