Thieves steal Buncrana copper

Gardai in Buncrana are on the hunt for thieves who broke into an ESB storage facility in Aghilly early on Sunday morning.

The robbers entered the electrical yard on Sunday morning, 14th August, between the hours of 12am and 2.45am, through a side fence and made off which a large quantity of copper spools. It is believed the copper has a market value of upwards of 1500 euro.

A Garda source told the ‘Journal’ it is believed the robbers had a larger vehicle or van in order to make off with the large quantity of copper.

The theft of scrap metal and copper has become more popular in the past 12 months due to its high value and the fact it is in such high demand.

Buncrana gardai also revealed that a house in Muff Main Street was singled out by thieves who stole a coal bunker from the back of the premises between 11am on Friday night and 9am on Saturday morning.

“If the coal bunker was made of metal it would be valuable to people for scrap. The bunker had a estimated value of 120 euro.”

It is unknown at this time whether the two robberies are related.

At a launch of the Muff Neighbourhood Watch booklet earlier this year, Chief Garda Crime Prevention Officer Sergeant Paul Wallace said the theft of copper in Inishowen had ‘sky-rocketed’ recently.

Garda in Buncrana are currently investigating the incident on Sunday morning and are appealing to the public who observed anything of interest in the area at that time to contact the station immediately on 074 93 20540.

Meanwhile gardai in Muff are conducting the probe into the robbery in the village.

All witnesses are urged to contact the garda station on the main street with any information they have about the crime. The station can be contacted on 074 9384002.

Buncrana Mayor Nicholas Crossan condemned the activity and urged people to become more vigilant in their homes and businesses.

“Unfortunately this is a sign of the times we are living in, as it seems to have got to the stage where everything and anything has become moveable.”

Colr Crossan said he hoped these were isolated incidents in the summer evenings as more people are out and about.

“Where the ESB depot is in Buncrana is in a rural area and although there is fencing and security around it, it can be hard to watch.

“It’s not something you like to hear whether it be on private or a public place.”