15 February 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Community vigilance which had led to the apprehension of a number of burglary suspects was commended by Garda Inspector Pat McMorrow at Tuesday night’s meeting of the Monaghan Town Joint Policing Committee.

Inspector McMorrow also told the meeting that while “creeper” burglaries – in which criminals broke into houses to steal the keys of motor vehicles – were still a problem in the area, he felt that many people were now taking heed of Garda advice to keep keys in secure locations.

In his report to the meeting on recent crime, the Inspector said that 29 burglaries had taken place in the Monaghan area since the last JPC meeting in September. Fifteen of these incidents were solved and persons were made amenable. The area was being primarily targeted in this respect by travelling criminals from Northern Ireland and Dublin.

Inspector McMorrow referred to an incident on October 22 when, after an attempted burglary in the Tyholland area, the criminals drove off and subsequently attempted to break into a house in Killygoan. The Gardai responded but the criminals made off and later attempted a burglary at a house in Clontibret. However, members of the community alerted the Gardai to this and the individuals concerned were intercepted. Subsequently a …

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