Friday 9 December 2016

Thieves overheard speaking on walkie talkies stolen from top League of Ireland stadium

Cathal McMahon

Published 24/04/2016 | 15:50

Richmond Park, the home of St Pat's
Richmond Park, the home of St Pat's

Bungling thieves who broke into a top League of Ireland stadium were overheard speaking on walkie talkies stolen in the raid.

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Independent.ie has learned that a number of people smashed their way into a security cabin at Richmond Park - the home of St Patrick's Athletic - in Inchicore, Dublin 8 overnight.

They caused "some damage" before taking at least two walkie talkie radios.

A senior source explained that the break-in was discovered when staff arrived at the stadium on Emmett Road this morning.

"A couple of walkie talkies were taken but they left others behind.

"When staff turned on their own radios they could hear the suspected thieves speaking to each other on the radios.

"It was unbelievable."

A garda spokesman explained that officers at Kilmainham station are investigating this robbery and a break-in at a school in nearby Golden Bridge Inchicore.

At the second robbery a window was smashed and a small amount of property was taken.

Local councillor Daithí DeRoiste (FF) said he is outraged at these latest break-ins.

"This was an outrageous attack on an important public amenity.

"St Patrick's Athletic are the pride of Inchicore. An attack on them is an attack on our community.

"I am calling again for greater Garda resources to be put into the area to tackle these kinds of crimes."

Gardai are appealing for anyone with information about the thefts to contact them at Kilmainham on 01-6669700.

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