Gardai hunt gang targeting tractors after multiple thefts
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’.