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Halloween hearse horror

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Halloween hearse horror


Theft at funeral home branded ‘appalling’

Ciara Galvin


THE theft of a hearse from a funeral home in Ballinrobe on Halloween night has been described as ‘disgusting’ and ‘appalling’.
The vehicle was taken from St Joseph’s Funeral Home on Glebe Street in the town after thieves broke into the property and took the keys.
The hearse was found burnt out over 30 kilometres away in Annaghdown, Co Galway, on Sunday.
The hearse was reported stolen on Saturday morning last, and it is thought the theft occurred between 8pm on Friday, October 31, and 7am the following Saturday morning.
Local councillor Damien Ryan described the theft as ‘disgusting’ and ‘appalling’ and said the crime was ‘a step too far in every respect’.
“I think it brings things to a new low … I think there’s a line you don’t cross and that was crossed. It’s soul destroying,” said Cllr Ryan.
Cllr Ryan said the people of Ballinrobe and wider areas could not believe what happened when news broke of the theft over the weekend, and he added that the community of Ballinrobe is appalled by the crime.
“The fact that the funeral home was broken into and keys were taken to the hearse is similar to a house being broken into, but you would think that certain things are sacred, especially a place that plays such a role in people’s passing,” said Cllr Ryan, who is the Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council.
The hearse was reportedly seen travelling past Supermac’s in Cornmarket at 5am on Saturday morning, driving in the direction of Headford. Gardaí are currently reviewing CCTV footage and are appealing to witnesses who may have any information.
“I am urging anyone that has any information or noticed anything suspicious in the vicinity to contact the gardaí … I hope that the perpetrators are apprehended and brought to justice. This is a crime that has to be solved,” concluded Cllr Ryan.
Oil was also stolen from a private residence on New Street in Ballinrobe between 11.30pm on October 31 and 9am on November 1.
Anyone with any information on either of these incidents is asked to contact Ballinrobe Garda Station on 094 9541002.

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