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Wednesday 22 February 2017

Son's appeal after mum's specialised jeep stolen - after thieves took trouble to change battery

Published 27/09/2016 | 17:22

Justin has shared several photos of his mother's car on social media
Justin has shared several photos of his mother's car on social media
Justin has shared several photos of his mother's car on social media
Justin has shared several photos of his mother's car on social media

A son has made a national appeal for information about his mother’s specialised jeep which was stolen recently.

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The jeep was stolen from outside the woman’s house in Wolfe Tone Street, Mountmellick in County Laois two weeks ago.

The vehicle was twenty years old. It is described as small and dark green with two small yellow fog-lights on the front.

Justin Kavanagh bought the jeep for his mother who has rheumatoid arthritis; it is automatic and has a small 1.1 engine to allow her to drive it easily.

“I bought the jeep a number of years ago after my dad and sister passed away; she wasn’t getting out of the house much. You know they haven’t just taken the jeep, but it’s her bit of independence as well, her mobility. She’s dependent on it,” he told RTE Radio One's Liveline.

The car battery had been flat for a number of weeks while Justin’s mother waited for surgery and the thieves took the trouble to replace the battery and leave the old one so they could drive the car away.

Justin has shared several photos of his mother's car on social media
Justin has shared several photos of his mother's car on social media

“They must have tried to take it before and that didn't work out, so they came back knowing what kind of battery would go in it. I'm not sure why anyone would be so fixated on it; it's twenty years old and wouldn't have much value to anyone.”

The thieves could be seen on CCTV pushing the van around the corner to Manor Street and changing the car battery there.

Justin shared pictures on the jeep on Facebook and the pictures have been shared over 1000 times, but they have had no luck finding the jeep yet.

Anyone with any information can contact Mountmellick Garda Station on 057 862 4140

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