Gang nets €500k in 'embassy row' raids
MORE than half a million euro worth of cash, jewellery and other valuable items have been stolen in a spate of burglaries in Dublin's plush embassy district.
An organised gang is targeting houses in the Ballsbridge and Donnybrook areas of Dublin 4.
It has so far escaped with large volumes of cash as well as high-value gold, diamond and antique jewellery, computer tablets and smartphones.
One ploy believed to be used by the burglars is to trigger a home's alarm over a period of days, making the owners think they are faulty.
They are then more likely to leave it switched off, or not heed it when it rings.
Residents said they were shocked at the spate of break-ins and want to see more garda patrols in the area.
One woman who was targeted said the gang had tried to force her front window before entering through a patio.
"The alarm was triggered at both those points and upstairs as well.
"They were in and gone in minutes," she said.
But the gang has had huge success at other homes, landing a haul of €250,000 in one burglary at a businessman's house at the end of February.
In October, a number of homes on Ailesbury Road and Nutley Park were hit, and valuables worth more than €40,000 were stolen. In November, Ailesbury Road and Nutley Avenue were also targeted in two burglaries, and in one burglary alone, personal belongings worth €125,000 were taken, according to local sources.
In December, there were two more burglaries on Ailesbury Road and money and goods worth more than €50,000 were stolen.
"They seem to be watching houses and know people's movements and when they are away," one source said.