Gardai in Newbridge are warning all car owners to lock their vehicles at night after a spate of robberies from unlocked cars in several housing estates last week.
A jeep in Barretstown was targeted at 2am on Friday, January 17 last when it was left unlocked outside the owners home. A Nintendo DS and Apple iPad were taken in the raid.
Burglars attempted to enter the house via a smashed window in the back however no entry was gained as the homeowners woke up and turned on the lights, causing the raiders to run off.
Meanwhile a car in Roseberry was raided on January, 16 between midnight and 10.50am when an ipad Nano was taken.
Two bottles of Champagne, including a Dom Perrignon, were stolen from a car on the same night in Roseberry which had been left in the boot.
A car parked in the underground car park in Capella Court was targeted on the same night and a memory stick and some case were stolen.
And a camera and bincolars were taken from a car on 19 January between 11pm and 5.40am the following morning from the same area.
“Theft from unlocked cars in housing estates is becoming a real problem,” said Sgt Seamus Rothwell of Newbridge Garda Station.
“Cars are being left unlocked in front of the house and raiders are making off with Sat Nav’s and other valuables. Take all your property out and lock up your vehicles.”
Gardai are also appealling for witnesses to come forward to a raid on a premsies in Main Street between 6.30pm and 10pm on Sunday, January 19 in which an amount of cash was taken.
Lastly a drugs seizure proved successful for Newbridge Gardai on January 13 last when gardai stopped and searched a vehicle and found cocaine, ecstacy and canabis resin. Gardai recoverd wraps of the cocaine and canabis which were individually and purposely wrapped for deals.
A man was arrested at the scene and a file is now being prepared for the DPP.