Kilkenny gardai hunt criminals who made off with valuable ride-on lawnmower
A CRIME gang that has been targeting Kilkenny homes and businesses for valuable power tools and equipment in recent months is suspected of being behind the theft of a ride-on lawnmower.
A Husqvarna TC138 ride-on lawnmower was stolen sometime between 5.30pm on Friday and 9.30am yesterday from the Corstown area in Kilmanagh.
Gardai have urged anyone with information about the heft to call Kilkenny Garda Station on 056 777 5000.
The latest theft follows a spate of break-ins in homes across the county.
Last Friday, January 11, the thieves broke into a garage attached to a house in outside Castlecomer sometime between 2pm and 4pm. A number of expensive power tools were stolen, including a Husqvarna chainsaw, a red Honda strimmer, a yellow-coloured Partner chainsaw, a red Honda diesel power-washer and a red Husqvarna con saw.
A few hours earlier two sheds were broken into in the Paulstown area and several more power tools were taken.
The rear door of a secure garage attached to a home in Ballyellen, Goresbridge was forced open and a small number of tools were stolen, along with a quantity of diesel.
A shed behind a house in St Enda’s Terrace in Paulstown was also broken into around the same time. The thieves made off with two chainsaws, one red, one green.
The previous night thieves targeted a house being renovated on the Mill Road in Urlingford. Several industrial power tools that had been left on site were stolen.
Gardai have appeared to homeowners to ensure their properties are locked and alarmed and, where possible, to extend their alarms to their sheds.
They have also urged householders to photograph and make any valuable tools they possess to make them easier to identify if recovered.