AN Ardfert butcher was shocked on Saturday morning to find his premises had been completely ransacked by thieves during the night.
Joe Foley of Foley's Butchers in Ardfert arrived at his premises on Saturday morning to find that thieves had forced in the front window and left the place in a complete mess.
It was one of two break-ins to businesses in the area as thieves also smashed their way into O'Riordan's shop in Ballyheigue from which they took cash and a small quantity of cigarettes. Both businesses are in prominent locations locally and in both instances the brazen thieves broke their way in through the front of the premises.
Joe Foley had to close his shop all through Saturday, ordinarily the busiest day of the week at the business.
"I was just gutted to be honest. I came into work looking forward to the busiest day of the week only to find the place in a complete mess. They'd obviously been searching for a safe or cash box or something but there's nothing like that in here. All they got away with was some change, but these guys have no respect for people's livelihoods," he said.
Foley's remained closed for the day as gardaí carried out a forensic examination of the premises.
The community of Ardfert was also shocked and saddened by the break-in, communicating their support and best wishes to Mr Foley over the last number of days as customers called in.
Meanwhile, thieves got away with a small amount of cash and cigarettes after they broke a glass panel to get into O'Riordan's shop in Ballyheigue. The value of the haul was estimated at €400.
Gardaí say they are treating both incidents very seriously and are following a definite line of . "We would urge anyone who might have noticed anything unusual or suspicious in Ardfert or Ballyheigue on Friday night/Saturday morning to contact gardaí," a spokesperson urged.