Cork landlord offers €1k reward to net raiders

A landlord has offered a €1,000 reward to catch burglars who targeted his tenants twice in a fortnight.

Jim Duggan, who owns the house in Fermoy in north Cork, appealed to the public yesterday for any information which would lead to the conviction of those responsible for the double raid.

The house, being rented by a young couple, was first broken into on February 21.

The thieves made off with some €600 in cash, a TV, passports, a credit union book and a laptop bag which contained computer hard drives.

The woman who lives in the house had several important college projects and assignments stored on the hard drives.

Mr Duggan said the couple were devastated by the first raid and he was making enquiries about installing a security and alarm system in the house. But thieves struck again on March 7 before he managed to install the security system.

The second time, they made off with a replacement LG TV which had been bought by the woman’s sister, a silver digital Canon camera and a laptop computer.

Mr Duggan told the Neil Prendeville Show on RedFM yesterday the young woman was now finding it difficult to sleep in the house since the raids.

He offered a €1,000 reward and appealed to anyone with information to contact the gardaí in Fermoy.

Gardai have encouraged people to contact their local crime prevention officer to discuss home security advice.

They have also launched a campaign to encourage people to be streetwise to enhance their personal safety while out and about.

A quarter of mobile phones are stolen between midnight and 4am, a third of thefts from persons involve a ‘snatch and grab’ in public, and half of all thefts from persons, robbery from persons and assaults happen between Friday and Sunday.

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