Large Waterford Crystal collection taken from house

Simon Brouder

THOUSANDS of euro worth of valuable Waterford Crystal ornaments were among the haul that burglars stole from a home in the Rathass Halting Site over the weekend.

At an unknown time between Saturday and Sunday a house in the halting site, which is located next to Kerry County Council's head offices, was broken into and a collection of treasured family heirlooms worth over €3,000 were stolen.

The stolen items include a significant amount of highly collectable China delph pieces and what is described as a large quantity of Waterford Crystal.

A flat screen TV was also taken by the burglars.

Gardaí believe it's likely that some of the stolen items, particularly the Waterford Crystal, will be offered for sale and anyone who is offered such items should immediately contact Tralee Garda Station.

Waterford Crystal has long been regarded a valuable collectors item but since the famous plant closed down five years ago the value of various pieces made at the factory have increased in value, sometimes fetching up to €700 apiece on online auction sites like eBay, making them an extremely attractive target for thieves.

Gardaí are appealing for the public's help in their continuing hunt for the thieves and anyone who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously in the area around Rathass Halting Site over the course of the weekend is encouraged to contact Tralee Garda Station.

Following the theft gardai are also warning people about the danger of buying stolen goods which, even when done unknowingly, is a serious criminal offence.