A WELL-ORGANISED criminal gang is behind the large scale theft of money from the pay parking ticket machines in Enniscorthy, according to Town Clerk Padraig O'Gorman.
Mr O'Gorman has revealed that the Town Council has lost more €3,000 in coins after thieves drilled into the machines and made off with the contents. Repairs afterwards have cost the local authority at least €1,000 per machine.
The criminals took care to select machines not covered by CCTV, including those at the Murphy-Flood's car park, Irish Street and Church Street. One machine was successfully looted on two occasions, Padraig O'Gorman revealed, as he said that there had been half a dozen incidents in total.
The council has been fighting back with extra tough metal casing installed to protect the money, though he was concerned that this might only provide temporary protection from the efforts of the gang. He suggested that those responsible were almost certainly not local criminals. The epidemic of thefts from the machines around the South East has also affected New Ross and Wexford.