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December 19

The Gardaí at Castledermot Garda Station are investigating an Aggravated Burglary that occurred on Thursday 10th November 2016 at Tankardstown, Baltinglass, Co. Wicklow.

The injured party, a ninety year old man was at home watching the television, it was approximately 8pm. There was a knock on the front door and when the man opened it, three men burst in demanding money, they were dressed in dark clothing and one of them had an iron bar. One of the men grabbed the injured party and pushed him into the kitchen. One of the men cut the landline phone wire, two of the men went to the bedroom where they took a quantity of cash. They returned to the kitchen were the injured party was being held, a small struggle ensued between the victim and one of the raiders. All three then fled the scene.

Less than two weeks prior to this incident, on Friday 28th October between 1.30pm and 2pm, a man in a silver Kildare registered Toyota Avensis estate car called to the man on the pretence of delivering a socket set for his son. This man told the injured party that his son ordered them and he was now due payment for same, the victim was deceived into handing over €100.

This man is described as forty years of age, five foot six to five foot eight in height of medium build with strawberry red hair, he was well dressed in a brown jacket and trousers.


• Gardaí are appealing to anyone with information in relation to man who called to the injured party on the 28th October to come forward, Gardaí are trying to establish if this man called to any other resident in the area of Tankardstown on this date or at any other time. Gardaí are also looking for information in relation to the car in which this man was driving, a silver Toyota Avensis, possibly Kildare registration.

• Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have seen something suspicious between the 28th October and 10th November to come forward.

• Gardaí are appealing to anyone with information about these incidents to come forward.

  Kildare Garda Station               Phone number; 059-9144112

On this month’s Crime Prevention segment Sergeant Kelvin Courtney reinforced An Garda Síochána’s Lock Up & Light Up campaign and illustrated exactly what it is with a filmed piece that offered advice to the public on how to deter the Burglar with particular reference during the Christmas Season.

Further advice is available here

Garda Community Engagement Bureau          Phone number: 01-6663820

EVOFIT - Robbery from the Person in Kilkenny on the 21.11.16

Gardaí at Kilkenny Garda Station are investigating a burglary that occurred on Monday 21st November 2016 at Linton Drive, Kilkenny.

Between 4pm and 7pm while the house was unoccupied a front window was forced open. A substantial amount of cash and jewellery were stolen during the burglary including two ladies gold chains, a pearl necklace, two gold bracelets and two pairs of gold earrings.

One witness recalled seeing a man acting suspiciously in the area at the time of the burglary. The witness compiled an EVOFIT, the man was described as being in his mid twenties, between five foot eight to five foot ten inches in height with a goatee beard. He was wearing a black or dark coloured wool hat and a light coloured hooded jumper, possibly orange in colour.

 Kilkenny Garda Station         Phone number:  056-7775000

EVOFIT - Robbery from the Person in Tipperary on the 30.6.16

The Gardaí at Templemore Garda Station are investigating a robbery from the person that occurred on Thursday 30th June 2016 at Dromard, Clonmore, Co. Tipperary.

The victim had just returned home and was sitting in her car which was parked in the front yard of her house. It was approximately 10.40pm. The woman heard her dog barking and looked up to see a man walking into the yard. The woman got out of her car and spoke to the man. He said he was looking for directions to Limerick. The man then punched the woman to the left side of her face causing her to fall to the ground. The man then grabbed the strap of her handbag which was on her shoulder and pulled at the handbag. The man ran out the front gate and got into a white van that drove in the direction of Clonmore.

The victim compiled an Evofit, the culprit was described as six foot in height of stocky build with a chubby face, fair hair, thinning on top and aged in his late forties. He spoke with a foreign accent

 Templemore Garda Station            Phone number: 0504-432630

On this month’s programme we featured three incidents on fraud where the injured party had their credit or debit card stolen and subsequently used at various locations to purchase items and withdraw cash.
Detective Superintendent Gerry Walsh was in studio to offer advice and reassurance on how to prevent this type of fraud occurring.
Crime Prevention advice is available here

Garda National Economic Crime Bureau        Phone number: 01-6663768

Missing Person – Tony Egan

The Gardaí at Portarlington Garda Station are appealing for information in relation to thirty three year old Tony Egan (dob) 30/09/1983 who is missing from his home at Newmill Apartments, Portarlington, Co. Laois.

Tony was reported missing on the evening of Monday 19th September 2016, he was last seen at approximately 8.30pm that evening.

A number of extensive searches were carried out by a number of specialised units including the Garda Dog Unit, Garda Air Support Unit, Interpol and the Civil Defence of Carrig Woods

CCTV was viewed and obtained from all premises that might have captured Tony on camera. Train stations along with buses and taxi services in the town have been checked with negative results.

Tony left his personal belongings including his mobile phone, laptop and his wallet behind him and Gardaí are extremely worried about his safety.

Tony was last seen wearing a black hooded top, black tracksuit bottoms and white runners, he is five foot eleven inches in height of slim build with brown hair.

Bridget Egan, Tony’s mothers joins us on Crimecall this month to make an appeal for information on the whereabouts of her son.  

 Portlaoise Garda Station              Phone number 057-8623112

Murder of Mark Desmond on the 2.12.16

Gardaí in Lucan Garda Station are currently investigating the murder of forty one year old Mark Desmond (DOB) 20.03.1975 who was shot and fatally wounded at Griffeen Park, Lucan on Friday 2nd December 2016 at 7.30pm.


• Gardaí are appealing to anyone who was in the park between 6pm and 8.30pm that Friday evening to come forward, especially young people who were in the park and people exercising.
• Gardaí are appealing to anyone with information in relation to the getaway route and indeed the car, a blue Mazda 6, registration number 05D2928. This car was sold in mid October and recovered on fire at Hayden’s Lane, just a half a mile away from Griffeen Park. Gardaí are looking for information on the whereabouts of this car between these two months to come forward.
• Gardaí are interested in the movements of Mark Desmond on the day he was murdered and in the days and weeks prior to this date.
• Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have known the movements of Mark Desmond to come forward.

  Lucan Garda Station            Phone Number: 01-6667300

On Patrol with the “Garda Dog Unit”

This month’s “On Patrol” segment we followed Garda Paul Conroy, the senior Dog Handler with the Garda Dog Unit.

Garda Conroy was accompanied by three of his dogs, Deefer, an eight year old general patrol German Sheppard dog who specialises in missing person cases, armed incidents and public order incidents. To illustrate Deefer’s skills he engaged in a training exercise where a male ran from a car into a wooded area, Deefer’s job was to find him which he diligently did. Next we met Flynn, a black Labrador who has over his eight year career recovered almost €20 Million worth of drugs.

Operational Support Unit, Harcourt Square, Dublin 2     

On this month’s traffic segment, Garda Derek Cloughley reinforced An Garda Síochána’s message in relation to Drink Drivers.

Drink Driving detections are up 6.5% on this time last year, An Garda Siochána’s Christmas Campaign was launched on December 1st, this includes high visibility checkpoint’s throughout the country in conjunction with the Road Safety Authority.

There are a number of ways to detect a Drunk Driver and Garda Cloughley explored these. Garda Cloughley also gave advice to pedestrians to plan their journey home if they are socialising over the Christmas Season and to use a local taxi service or have a designated driver to take them home safely.

Garda National Roads Policing Bureau          Phone number: 01-6661217