A Roscommon businessman is appealing for information and offering a reward following thetheft of €5,000 worth of agricultural gates.
Eddie Naughton of Naughton’s Agri-stores, located on the Athlone road in Roscommon Town, was the victim of a break-in to his premises during which 37 gates were taken on the weekend of December 2nd to 4th. th last.
Gardaí in Roscommon are continuing with their inquiries. Mr Naughten has issued a three-figure reward for recovery of the gates.
“The gates are probably gone at this stage, over the border or to the far end of the country. These guys have their customers — it’s just a pity some farmers are taken in by them, buying a gate for €40/€50 that’s worth €80 or €90. As long as people are willing to buy, it’s keeping the circle going.”
Mr Naughton told Speaking tothe Roscommon Herald, a clearly angered Mr Naughton said he had been left frustrated by the incident. “It took great neck to do it [the theft]. About 40 gates were taken. They had to have had lights and came well prepared.”
Mr Naughton believes the break-in occurred in the early hours of the morning.
“The gates may have been taken away in a covered-in lorry.
“No-one saw anything. The lock on the double gates into the yard was broken. If I had to move six gates, it would take two men and a forklift.
” said Mr. Naughton.
“Every business gets robbed. This was a fairly professional gang — they had to have sussed out the place in advance,” said Mr Naughton, who explained the gates taken included a selection ranging in size from 8ft to 16ft, retailing at between €80 and €90.
Other gates taken included 18 sheep hurdle gates and a cow calving gate, embossed with the ‘Gibney’s’ name, estimated at €500. Three sets of gate hanging posts were also taken.
“I’ve been robbed about five times since I started business here — what can you do? I had one internal robbery when I started out and I had cables taken before.”