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Robbery spree across county

Robbery spree across county

Anton McNulty

A SPATE of burglaries took place in Mayo over the last week with a number of businesses broken into. A number of motor vehicles were also reported stolen.
In the early hours of Friday morning, two well-known businesses were broken into but no money was taken from either premises. The Village Inn in Partry was burgled when the store room of the pub was forced open between the hours of midnight and 9.30am on Friday morning. No money was stolen but a large quantity of spirits (including bottles of Bacardi, whiskey, brandy and Bailey’s) were taken. Gardaí say some of the bottles may have been used for optics with the label upside-down. They urged the public to be wary of people trying to sell such bottles and to contact Gardaí in Partry or Castlebar if they are offered spirits.
The second burglary took place at Dillon Travel on Main Street, Ballyhaunis between the hours of 5.30pm on Thurday evening and 9.30am on Friday. Entry was gained by prising open a side window. A cash till was taken but it has since been revealed that no money was in it at the time.
A burglary also took place at Carrowbeg Stores in Westport on Thursday morning, March 1 at  2am. A quantity of cigarettes were stolen but a person has been arrested in connection with the crime and the property has been recovered. Gardaí said the person was not a native of Mayo but had been living in the county.
Two cars and a van were also stolen over the weekend with neither vehicle been recovered. A white Ford Transit van (registration number 03 SO 1316) was taken from Kilkelly village on Friday afternoon, March 2 at 1.30pm. A black Vauxhall Vectra hatchback (registration number 00 SO 4480) was stolen at Owenbeg, Culleens near Easkey on the same date between 3pm and 4pm.
A third car robbery took place in Cabaun, Keel, Achill on Sunday afternoon at 3pm when a black Ford Fiesta (registration number 94 D 34360) was taken. If any of the public have information on the car’s whereabouts, they have been asked to contact either Keel, Achill Sound or Westport Garda Stations.