ALERT: Significant spike in break-ins across Kilkenny
GARDAI are urging homeowners to be extra vigilant following a serious spike in break-ins across Kilkenny in recent weeks.
One man has been arrested and charged in connection to some of the break-ins, but local gardai are still investigating several other incidents.
Five houses were targeted in Ballyfoyle last week. One man has been charged and has appeared in court in relation to some of these incidents.
There were two similar incidents in the Castlecomer area late last week. A house in Clough and a house in Monteen, Crettyard were broken into after burglars forced their way in through ground floor windows while the occupants were away.
They then ransacked the house before leaving with, cash, electronic equipment and game consoles.
Two neighbouring houses in Callan were targeted by burglars last week. Both occurred on Lower Bridge Street within days of each other and were very similar incidents.
In both incidents, the back doors were forced open using tools. The houses were then ransacked and jewellery and cash taken.
There was a similar incident in Tullamaine in Callan, late last week. Burglars forced open the front door this time. They ransacked the house before again fleeing with cash.
There was yet another incident in Butler’s Grove, Goresbridge late last week, when yet again, a house was broken into after burglars forced open a downstairs window.
The burglars again turned the house over, before fleeing with a sum of cash.
There was an identical incident in Sart, Freshford, where burglars again forced open a downstairs window, before ransacking the house and making off with an amount of cash.
Two burglars were seen running off from a house they attempted to break into in Beech Lawns, Johnswell.
The burglars actually forced open the front door of the house, but in doing so set off the alarm. They left empty-handed but were spotted fleeing the scene.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Kilkenny Garda Station on 056 777 5000.