Gardai in Inishowen are appealing for witnesses to come forward after thieves targeted homes in Bridgend over the weekend.
In an attempted burglary between 4.50am and 5.15am on Saturday morning, a vacant property at Stoney Bridge, Bridgend was ransacked as robbers broke the back patio door and windows to gain entry to the house.
The thieves made their way to the attic of the house in what is believed to be an attempted theft of the copper water tank.
A garda spokesperson told the ‘Journal they believe the thieves were disturbed before they could make off with any property.
He added: “Though there was nothing stolen from the property, 200 euros worth of criminal damage, as well as flood damage from the overflowing water tank was caused to the house.”
Just minutes later at 5.30am thieves entered an occupied house at Carraig Bridge, Bridgend stealing property to the value of 635 euro.
They also made of with a laptop and a sizable sum of euro as well as sterling cash.
The homeowner was in the property at the time.
These incidents come less than a week after a family was robbed at gunpoint in the Inishowen village.
Local councillor Jack Murray, who lives in nearby Burnfoot, said there is genuine apprehension in the area regarding the number of incidents in recent times.
Speaking yesterday the Donegal County councillor urged everyone to be extra vigilance at this time of year.
“There has been an increase in the theft and attempted theft of copper in recent times. I would encourage everyone to secure their doors and windows and take every measure to protect their homes.”
The Sinn Fein representative said it is vital the community stand together to oppose such criminality and do everything it can to bring those responsible to book so that locals can ensure the safety of neighbours.
He added: “These burglaries have also highlighted the need for our local community Garda stations to remain open as we cannot allow our communities to become exposed to further break-ins.”
Colr Murray called on the public to assist the local Gardai where possible to combat crime.
“I would call on anyone with any information, no matter how small or insignificant they feel it may be to come forward immediately and contact the Gardaí.”
Anyone with information should inform Burnfoot garda station on 0749368105