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Bullets, jewellery, cash stolen in widespread burglary spate


Anton McNulty

A MAN in his 30s was arrested by gardaí in connection with the burglary of two vehicles near Lough Mask where bullets were stolen.
The incident occurred at Cuslough, Ballinrobe, between 6.30pm and 7pm on Thursday, August 3 when a Toyota Hilux and and Toyota Land Cruiser were broken into. It is understood the owners of the vehicles were hunting near Lough Mask and a very small quantity of bullets and cartridges were stolen from the vehicles.
A man in his 30s was arrested in relation to the theft and burglary shortly after the incident occurred when he was apprehended at the Creagh Road, Ballinrobe. He was brought to Claremorris Garda Station where he was questioned before being released. A file is currently being prepared for the DPP.

Number of burglaries
Meanwhile, a local Community Alert group believe that people living in the locality are assisting those who have committed a number of burglaries in the Westport area over the last number of weeks.
Two burglaries took place last week in the Aughagower area with one taking place in Luchaun while the other was in Drumhill. The house in Luchaun was ransacked and damage was done to the back door and front window. A substantial amount of cash and jewellery was taken. In the other burglary in Drumhill, the house was unoccupied but there was damage done to a door.
Two weekends previous, burglaries occurred in Knockrooskey and in Doon. There was damage to the properties in Knockrooskey with back door and window damaged but little was taken. In another incident, a man on the Westport to Louisburgh road near Westport was startled to hear breaking glass at his rear door in the middle of the night. When he awoke and went to the window he saw a hooded male, who then ran off when he realised he was breaking into an occupied house.
Aughagower Community Alert believe that people living locally are either committing the crimes or helping those who are.
“It is obvious that we have someone living amongst us who is either committing these crimes or passing information on to those that are, and for this reason we are asking that people be very careful about what you put up on social media,” they wrote on their Facebook page.
“Do not talk about what you or your relative or neighbour is bringing or sold at the mart.
“In public do not discuss up coming holidays or that of your neighbours...you could be putting them in harm’s way. Be wary about people asking questions about neighbours or friends,” they warned.
Anyone with any information about burglaries in the Westport area are asked to contact Westport Garda Station on 098 50230.
Gardaí in Belmullet meanwhile are investigating after cars were broken into outside churches in the locality on Sunday. The first incident occurred between 9.30am and 10am at Ballymunnelly Church in Bellacorrick, while cars were also damaged and broken into outside Keenagh Church between 10.15am and 10.45am on Sunday. If you noticed anything or anybody suspicious at either location please contact gardaí on 097 81910. The message once again from crime prevention officers is please refrain from leaving any valuables or bags on display in your vehicles at any time. Always lock them away in your boot.

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