Thousands of euro worth of stolen goods were recovered in searches in the Ballinlough area last week involving Gardai from Castlerea and neighbouring Garda Districts of Claremorris and Tubbercurry.
The searches followed a successful operation by Claremorris Gardai in locating a stolen bicycle frame in Ballyhaunis on October 22nd. The follow-up searches in Ballinlough resulted in the recovery of a bicycle frame valued at €5,000 and bicycle components valued at €600. These are believed to have been stolen in the UK in September 2019. In addition, a number of power tools valued at €4,000 were recovered. These are believed to have been taken during burglaries of building sites in Tubbercurry, in November 2018 and in Ballinagare, in August 2019. Three motorbikes valued at approximately €15,000 were also seized. Inquiries are ongoing to confirm whether these have also been reported stolen in the UK.
Further tools and bicycle frames/components believed to be stolen, valued at €3,000, were also recovered. The total value of property recovered during this operation is €30,600. Inquiries are ongoing by Castlerea Gardaí regarding identifying owners for outstanding property recovered.
Superintendent Goretti Sheridan, Castlerea Garda Station, appealed to members of the public who become aware of people offering goods in suspicious circumstances or at suspiciously low prices to bring this to the attention of An Garda Síochána.
“We also wish to advise people on the importance of marking their property to assist Gardai in returning property to them when the thefts are detected and the property recovered,” she said.
“Castlerea Gardaí can reassure the community that incidents of burglary have reduced this year and that with the co-operation of the community we will continue to work to prevent offending, bring offenders to justice, and recover property for its rightful owners,” Superintendent Sheridan concluded.