Wednesday 21 March 2018

Cars are the target of break-ins

Number of items stolen from vehicles in incidents in Dundalk over the past week

Anne Campbell

A number of items, including cash and number plates, have been taken from vehicles parked around the Dundalk area in the past week, Gardai have revealed.

The latest incident happened in broad daylight on Sunday between 3.30pm and 5.45pm in Francis Street when the passenger window of a grey Vauxhall Astra was smashed with a rock and a wallet, containing €200, was stolen from the front seat.

The previous day, on September 2 between noon and 2pm, a Seat Leon parked at Ravensdale Forest was broken into and a purse, containing a small amount of cash and payment cards, was stolen, along with a mobile phone.

The windscreen of a car, parked at the Castletown Road, was smashed on Sunday, but nothing was taken from the vehicle.

And number plates were stolen from a car parked close to the motorway junction at the Ardee Road last Tuesday. The owner had parked there and left for work around 8am and returned to find the Northern registered plates of their VW Passat had been taken.

Gardai are also investigating a number of criminal damage incidents, which happened at business premises in the Dundalk area. On Friday afternoon, shortly after midday, the owners of the Europa Restaurant in Earl Street reported that a window had been smashed.

Gardai attended the scene and found a 23-year-old English man nearby who was bleeding heavily from his arm. He was treated for his injuries and was questioned about the alleged offence.

And a kebab takeaway shop at Park Street was targeted in a similar way in the early hours of Sunday morning. At around 2.20am, Gardai were told the front door of the premises had been damaged. A 20-year-old Dundalk man was questioned about the incident.

The Aliz Restaurant in Park Street was the subject of a theft on Sunday afternoon. The owners reported to Gardai that the eatery's phone, along with a cash box, had been stolen between 1pm and 3pm. It is believed that someone jumped the counter and took them.

There was an attempted break-in at the Woodie's store at Dundalk Retail Park shortly after midnight on Friday. Three men are believed to have been involved in the incident, during which the lock was broken, but they fled empty-handed when the alarm was activated.

And on Sunday afternoon, the owner of a house on the Avenue Road was on his way home at around 12.30pm when he saw two men running away from his house on foot, while a third man was parked outside in a black Mercedes.

The front number plate was missing from the vehicle, which drove off at speed, hitting the homeowner's parked car out of the way and onto the other side of the road to make his escape.

The men had got into the house through a window and a small amount of cash was stolen. Gardai searched the area for the two men who were on foot, but nothing was found. It is believed the Mercedes headed towards the motorway.

Anyone with information about these incidents can contact Dundalk Gardai at 042 9388400 or the Confidential Line at 1800 666 111.

The Argus