Gardaí say a ‘worrying trend’ of car crimes has developed locally.
Ten vehicles across Carlow and Kilkenny have been targeted in one week following on from one night (Tuesday, 30th Jan) which saw nine vehicles on the outskirts of Kilkenny hit while the previous week there were four in Tullow and four more in Paulstown.
A van parked that had parked up in the carpark of the Woodford Dolmen Hotel at 7:30pm on Tuesday (30th Jan) was found to have been broken into at 10am the following morning (31st Jan).
While also that Wednesday morning another van owner at Slaney Bank View in Rathvilly got up to go to work to find the back window of the vehicle smashed and tools, including a Bosh drill and Bosh impactor stolen.
On Thursday (1st Feb) between 1am and 7pm a taxi parked outside a residence in the Millrace Estate on the Burrin Road in Carlow had its driver’s side window smashed and a sum of money was taken.
Also that Thursday, CCTV captured two males approaching another taxi at The Weirs, Poachers Gate in Carlow town – the broke the driver’s window and were seen riffling through the car but nothing was taken.
And again between 1am and 9am the same date a third driver’s side window was smashed at Hillview Drive, Rathnapish, Green Lane in Carlow town but nothing was taken in this either.
Property Strewn Along Road
On Friday (2nd Feb) night at about 11pm a car at Greenview Avenue in Gowran, Co Kilkenny was broken into after one of its windows was smashed. Property was taken, some of which was later discovered strewn along the roadside in Clara.
It’s believed the culprits may have headed in the direction of Tallaght, Dublin.
Of particular interest to Gardaí is any sightings of a 181 registered black hatchback type car – they’d also like to speak to the occupants of same.
Four more vehicles were struck over Sunday (4th Feb) night into Monday (5th Feb) morning on the outskirts of Kilkenny city and in Callan.
Between 11:30pm Sunday and 8:30am Monday taxi at Cypress Grove, Loughboy had its drivers side window smashed and a wallet containing a sum of money was taken.
During the same time frame, a van at The Rise, Castle Oaks in the Breagagh Valley also saw a window damaged with a quantity of coins stolen.
While in the Friary Walk area of Callan two more were also broken into, nothing was taken from one but from the other property missing includes a black North Face jacket, rose gold coloured Ray Ban sunglasses and a wine coloured Columbia jacket.
Contact and Advice
It’s not known if any of the incidents are linked but anybody with information should contact the investigating Gardaí as noted above.
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