About €130,000 worth of property, including a Land Rover, was stolen from the house at Glashboy, Bweeng, near Mallow. The gang helped themselves to a considerable amount of jewellery, including diamond rings, watches and necklaces which were conservatively valued at €90,000.
In addition, the gang stole two 42-inch and two 20-inch flatscreen televisions and a laptop computer. The gang bypassed security gates and made their way up the 120-yard driveway to the house before gaining entry by smashing a rear window.
The owner was away at the time, but he was alerted when his alarm-monitoring company contacted him. He then contacted a neighbour who went to the house and discovered the break-in, but by then the thieves had fled.
A Garda spokesman said the gang stole one of two Land Rovers which belonged to the house-owner and which were parked in the driveway. They found the keys to the vehicle in the house and an electronic security device which opened the gates. The burglary took place between 9.30pm and 10pm last Friday. The silver-coloured 07 C-registered Land Rover was found burnt out at Whitechurch, near Carrignavar, at 10.30pm.
Gardaí believe the thieves used the vehicle to take away the flatscreen televisions and probably transferred them to another vehicle at Whitechurch.
“We believe they had to have had some form of transport to get to Bweeng. That vehicle probably followed the Land Rover,” a Garda spokesman said.
He said gardaí were very anxious to hear from anybody who may have seen a car near the house on the night of the robbery.
“We are also very anxious to talk to anybody who may have seen the Land Rover and any other vehicle with it on the roads from Bweeng back to Whitechurch. Also we want to speak to anybody who noticed the Land Rover on fire. We are anxious to establish how long it was in Whitechurch before it was set alight,” the Garda spokesman said. Gardaí believe attempts may be made to sell off the flatscreen televisions and the jewellery and are appealing for anybody offered such items to contact Mallow Garda Station at 022-21105.
The Mallow and Charleville areas have been hit by a spate of burglaries in recent weeks. Gardaí have had some success in tracing the perpetrators but remain so concerned about the increase in crime they are putting out extra patrols.
“We are determined to deal with this,” the Garda spokesman added.