Home flooded as thieves cut pipes for sake of just €40

Published 20/11/2013 | 05:36

A GANG of thieves flooded part of a home in Finuge on Wednesday to get their hands on less than €40 worth of copper piping in what was one of a number of criminal raids on homes in the area.

Houses in Finuge and Lixnaw were hit during Wednesday night in a spate of crimes that has led to increased security fears in the ordinarily peaceful parish.

The copper piping was stolen from what gardaí described as a boiler room next to a home in Finuge. The gang simply cut through the pipes, leaving the room to flood and making their escape.

Meanwhile, a chainsaw was stolen on the same night from the house next door when the gang broke into a shed. Occupants of both houses were at home at the time but only noticed the damage later.

A consaw was stolen from a car at a building site in Lixnaw later that night and thieves also made off with a set of metal sockets after gaining entry to an unlocked shed at the rear of a home, also in Lixnaw.

Gardaí believe the same gang was responsible for all the crimes in Finuge and Lixnaw on the night - the latest in what appears to be an increasing surge in crime in rural communities.

One of the leads gardaí are currently investigating was the presence of a small, green car that was seen driving in a suspicious manner in the area on the night. Anyone who might have noticed anything unusual in either Finuge or Lixnaw on the night is asked to contact gardaí in Listowel.

Kerryman

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