Gardaí hunt gang that stole 50 TVs in shop raid
Gardaí are hunting a burglary gang that stole 50 televisions and cash from a shop in west Dublin.
The raid took place at a DID Electrical store in Lucan Retail Park at approximately 1.50am last Thursday. Gardaí have issued an appeal for information to help trace the suspects involved in the theft.
Gardaí confirmed a car with ladders on the roof and a black van entered the car park close to the store.
A number of suspects then took about 50 TVs and a safe from the premises.
Gardaí have appealed for any witnesses who may have been in the area between 1.30am and 3.30am on June 29 to contact Lucan garda station on 666-7300.
A Garda spokeswoman anyone who was offered a TV for sale in Co Dublin to contact gardaí.
"During this burglary a number of TVs were taken and we would again ask the public to contact gardaí if they have any information or are offered a TV for sale," she said.
Local councillor Paul Gogarty said while he believes this particular crime was "opportunist", the lack of Garda presence in Lucan was worrying.
"I'm sure gardaí will use whatever resources they have, including CCTV footage, in the hopes of catching the people who broke into this electrical shop.
"However, one thing there isn't enough of in this town is a Garda presence on the ground," he said.
Meanwhile, gardaí are investigating a spate of thefts of expensive lawnmowers and garden equipment nationwide.
An estimated €100,000 worth of ride-on lawnmowers, push mowers, strimmers, hedge-cutters, generators and garden heaters were stolen in a robbery blitz over recent weeks.
In one case, a property in north Cork was robbed twice in the space of just five months with generators, a quad and machinery taken.
Mowers have also been stolen in Limerick, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Wexford, Dublin and Galway.