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Gang targets rural businesses in early morning burglaries


Gang targets rural businesses in early-morning burglaries

Anton McNulty

GARDAÍ in north Mayo are investigating a number of burglaries in the early hours of Monday morning in which cigarettes and cash were stolen from a number of businesses.
The burglaries took place in Erris and Killala some time between 1.30am and 8am on Monday morning and investigating gardaí believe they were all perpetrated by the same gang. The burgled premises included a grocery shop and pub in Aughleam, another pub in Glenamoy and a pub in Killala. Cigarette machines and cash were taken from all the businesses.
The shop in Aughleam, known as An Sean Siopa, was broken into when the front door was ‘jimmied’ open and the cigarette machine was stolen. Teach John Joe pub, also in Aughleam, was also broken into. Its pool table and gaming machine were tampered with and coins were taken.
The side door of Healy’s pub in Glenamoy was was also jimmied open and the pub’s cigarette machine was stolen. Its pool table was also interfered with, as were charity boxes in the pub.
It is believed that the thieves came into Belmullet and drove along the peninsula towards Aughleam to carry out the burglaries. They then travelled along the coast road to Glenamoy and Killala before making their escape.
The cigarette machines were recovered on Monday morning dumped along the side of the road close to where they were taken from in Augleam and Glenamoy. Both machines were empty with the cash and cigarettes taken from them.
Burglaries of this kind are not common in the Mullet peninsula because there is only one access road in and out.
A Garda spokesperson in Belmullet Garda Station told The Mayo News that both cash and cigarettes were the intended target of the thieves and appealed to the public for assistance.
“We are appealing for anyone who may have seen anything unusual in the early hours of Monday morning or seen vehicles travelling fast between Aughleam and Glenamoy to come forward and contact gardaí.
“Judging by the way they were travelling, they would have travelled in and out of Belmullet and we will be looking at CCTV coverage to try to identify vehicles travelling through,” the spokesperson said.