Public alert on stolen goods

The owners of a garden centre in Co Cork are asking the public to be on the look-out for distinctive Christmas items stolen from their premises.

Public alert on stolen goods

Purchasers are at risk of ending up being in possession of stolen property as the items could be sold at knockdown prices at car boot sales or door-to-door.

Gardaí are investigating the theft of several thousand euros worth of items from Griffin’s Garden Centre.

Margaret Griffin, who founded the garden centre 30 years ago, said that imitation, illuminated Christmas trees and lit-up reindeer were stolen from the premises during overnight raids which took place sometime between November 17 and November 23.

One of the Noma reindeer stolen from Griffins Garden Centre.

The garden centre is still stocktaking, but Ms Griffin said 11 green spruce 7.5ft trees were taken, half of which were illuminated.

A further four white, 5ft pre-lit snow-effect trees were taken and around a dozen pre-lit reindeer.

The Christmas trees retail from €325 to €399 each, while the reindeer are €60 each. Ms Griffin said they were all Noma make, which is very unusual in Ireland.

It’s understood Griffin’s is one of only a very small number of retailers in Ireland to stock the British-made products, which are high-end range. The items were in pre-packed boxes when stolen.

“We believe somebody came in over the fence at night and passed them out to an accomplice. We think this may have occurred over two nights as we had earlier noticed stock moved around.”

The garden centre at Agharinagh, Dripsey, is in an isolated area but well illuminated after dark. It has previously been targeted by thieves.

She appealed to Christmas shoppers: “If you find any of these at a carboot sale please do not buy them. There is not much Noma stock in Ireland so hopefully someone might identify them.”

Anyone with information or who spots the goods for sale are asked to contact any garda station.

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