Burglars go through prison to rob pub
TWO brazen burglars broke into a pub after they scaled a security fence at an adjacent jail and boldly made their way across the prison grounds.
The culprits also fled from Jerry O'Dea's pub in Limerick city by escaping through the prison grounds and back over the security fence.
The Irish Prison Service confirmed last night that it is investigating the incident and assisting gardai.
The suspected robbers were arrested not far from the pub on Mulgrave Street in the city shortly after the break-in last Saturday morning.
The Irish Independent understands that the two men -- aged 26 and 27 -- climbed over a security fence at the rear of Limerick jail shortly before 6am.
They made their way onto the prison grounds and across a car park used by prison officers before breaking into the pub.
They accessed the pub through a rear entrance and stole €500 cash from three cash registers. which were then vandalised.
A spokesman for the Irish Prison Service said the culprits did not get into the secure confines of the prison.
Gardai are studying CCTV footage from the area.
Well-known Limerick publican, Jerry O'Dea, said it was an upsetting incident. "The running joke at the moment in the pub is anywhere safe any more? They are breaking into the prison to break into us," he said.