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Ballinrobe targeted by burglars


Two attempted break ins and one burglary reported to gardaí over eleven days

Ciara Galvin

A GROUP of ‘well organised’ criminals attempted to break into Tesco Ballinrobe last week by cutting a section of steel from the building.
The criminals, who made their way to the Tesco site on the Claremorris Road on foot, used what is thought to be a steel cutting device to break into the bathroom area of the building after accessing a weak point in the wall.
The assailants fled the scene after possibly hitting plaster board in the wall which triggered the alarm.
Though it was initially understood that the criminals were aiming to access the store’s ATM machine, gardaí are still unsure as to the definite target of the criminals.
The attempted break in took place between 10.30pm and 4.45am. It is understood those involved could have been at the site for a number of hours.
A technical examination was undertaken at the store following the incident and Tesco Ireland confirmed to The Mayo News that they are assisting gardaí with their investigation.
A similar attempted break in took place on the same night in the Maam Cross area but it is not known if the two incidents are linked in any way.
Meanwhile, tools were stolen from a garage in the townland of Cahernablauhy on Wednesday morning last.
An attempted break-in on the Castlebar Road was also reported to gardaí last week after criminals attempted to access a house on the morning of October 25 last.
Commenting on the three incidents which took place over an eleven day period, Superintendent Michael Cryan said gardaí were investigating all three incidents and said one crime of this nature was ‘one too many’.
Members of the public with any information in relation to any of the incidents are asked to contact Ballinrobe Garda Station on 094 95 41002 or Claremorris Garda Station on 094 93 71222.