Home of LOI champions Dundalk burgled and vandalised
GARDAI are investigating after burglars ransacked Dundalk’s Oriel Park and stole 25 signed jerseys that were allocated for charity auctions.
The thieves smashed the main window of the League of Ireland champions’ boardroom, before proceeding to tear the room apart in search of cash.
However, the club doesn’t keep any cash in the stadium - and a club spokesman confirmed that the League trophy and FAI Cup, which were won last year, were not in the stadium at the time.
The trophies were being held by the FAI in preparation for the launch of the new season.
The incident is believed to have taken place in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
The spokesman told Independent.ie that you “can’t put a price on the jerseys” that were stolen.
“They were going to be used for some charities, so that was the worst part of it,” he said.
“They’re not going to be able to sell them because the whole town knows about it, so I’m not too sure what they’re going to do with all the jerseys.
“Some of them were worn by the players last season - so they’ve got the league badges on them, which you don’t get on the ones you buy in the shop,” he added.
Damages to the boardroom are said to be “terrible” with a substantial €1,000 of damages said to be caused.
One door was kicked through along with a number of electronic items stolen, according to the spokesman.
“It could have been worse if the trophies were taken.
“They were obviously looking for cash. We’ve been done a few times the last few years - Oriel Park is a really open ground,” the spokesman said.
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