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Mayo Gardaí seek public assistance after a series of crimes



Neill O'Neill

GARDAÍ in Mayo have had a busy few days after a number of incidents across the county in the past week.
A poor box that was placed in St Mary’s Parish Church in Westport so visitors could make a donation if they so desired in aid of St Vincent de Paul was torn from a wall in the church some time between May 2 and May 5. There was also vandalism in Ballinrobe on Friday night, May 5, when four cars - a blue Yaris, a silver Renault, a Red Corolla and a Silver Seat Alhambra - had windows smashed on Watson’s Lane, while even the emergency services have not escaped from wanton theft and damage.
As the fire brigade battled a house blaze that consumed a family home in Kiltimagh (see above) on Friday night, thieves made off with the safety alert beacons that the fire brigade personnel had placed on public roadways to alert approaching motorists to an incident ahead. The beacons, which are flashing lights, had been placed on the Knock Road as the ultimately vain fight to save the house unfolded, but they were stolen by thieves during this time.
Meanwhile, a series of house thefts were reported across Mayo. Gardaí in west Mayo are continuing to follow up on two burglaries in Louisburgh, as reported last last week, while their colleagues in Ballyhaunis are investigating after the owners of a house in The Maples estate in the town returned from holiday to discover their home had been broken into.
Meanwhile, a vacant property was broken into in Swinford sometime between April 28 and May 6, with a copper cylinder and radiators stolen, while in Castlebar, a valuable racing bicycle was stolen from a garden shed at a house in the Four Winds Estate in the town.
Thefts from vehicles also continue to cause concern, and gardaí are urging people not to leave valuables visible in cars when they park them. A mobile phone was stolen from a van at Lisloughrey near Cong recently, as the owner of the vehicle worked nearby. This has been a very common crime across Mayo in recent years.
Outboard engines stolen
Gardai in Claremorris are investigating the theft of eight outboard engines from boats that were docked at Cushlough on Lough Mask, outside Ballinrobe, in the early hours of Wednesday morning last, May 3. An estimated combined value of the engines has been set at €25,000 and the theft occurred after midnight. It was reported on Mid West Radio last week that local boatmen said they had captured the theft on CCTV, and saw that two people were involved. They described it as a ‘a well planned operation’
Anyone with any information or who may have noticed any suspicious activity in the area is asked to contact Claremorris Garda Station on 094 9371222.
Meanwhile, a man was arrested at Mayo University Hospital in Castlebar on Friday night last, after becoming abusive towards staff.
The man, in his late 30’s, was brought by ambulance to the Emergency Department, where he became aggressive and Gardaí were called close to midnight. After searching the man’s bag, Gardaí found a number of weapons including a hatchet and a hunting knife. The man, who is from Mayo, was subsequently arrested and was admitted to the adult mental health unit in the hospital.
Back in Westport, Gardaí are following a certain line of inquiry after two young women were left frightened and shaken after being approached by several young males near the Quay area of the town on Saturday, April 29. The two foreign nationals were approached by the males at the railway line walk near to well populated housing estates around 3pm in the afternoon. They were asked for money but managed to flee.
Anybody who can help gardaí with any of the above incidents is asked to contact your local garda station in confidence.