Gardaí at Gorey Garda Station are investigating an Aggravated Burglary that occurred at Camolin, on Sunday 21 February 2021 at 8.30pm approx.
The victim and her two young daughters were in their living room, when they heard noises from outside the house, which the mother believed to be caused by the wind. She was unaware that three unknown males were entering the house via a window at the back of the house. A short time later two of the suspects entered the living room while the third stood at the door. One of the suspects that entered the living room was armed with a knife and the other with a crowbar.
The suspect with the knife demanded money and jewellery which the victim handed over. The suspects’ demands continued and threats were made to kill the mother. While all of this was going on her two children were screaming and crying. The suspects panicked and quickly left the premises in a silver or light green metallic Ford Mondeo partial registration number 08 –D.
Description of Suspects
Suspect 1 – Armed with a knife, approx. 19-21 years old. 5’9’’ in height approx, with short brown hair, thin build, long face and wearing a green hoodie.
Suspect 2 – Armed with a crowbar.5’9’’ in height approx, wearing a dark grey hoodie and a black/green scarf.
Suspect 3 – Male in his late teens / early 20’s. Slim build and 5’9’’ approx. in height.
- - Were you in the Limerick Road area of Camolin and surrounding areas on the 21/2/21 (during level 5 lockdown) and did you notice anything unusual/suspicious in or around 8.30 pm.
- - Do you believe that you may recognise the suspects from the descriptions given coupled with the evofit image?
- - Do you know the movements of the suspect vehicle, a Ford Mondeo silver / green 08 D partial registration, leading up to the incident or indeed its current whereabouts?
- - Can you nominate who you believe may have been involved by considering the suspects descriptions together with that of the Ford Mondeo?
Gorey Garda Station, Investigating, Tel: (053) - 943 0690
This month’s Crimecall provided residential burglary prevention advice as we enter the winter season.
Considering burglary trends over the last 10 years or so, two events have had a major impact in shaping the environment. These are the commencement of Operation Thor on 2nd November 2015 and the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic (taken as 1st April 2020). Burglary incidents dropped by approximately 37% in the years following the commencement of Op Thor. Since 1st April 2020 there has been a further reduction of approximately 50%. As we emerge from restrictions we need to guard against complacency when it comes to securing our homes.
Traditionally burglary rates increase in winter months compared with summer months. In winter, approximately half of all burglary occurs between 3pm and 12am, with the period of most activity being between 5pm and 10pm Monday – Saturday. Post April 2020 however, a greater proportion of burglaries occurred in the early hours of the morning (12am – 6am).
How does the Burglar get into your home?
The main points of entry are the front door 35%, rear door 22% and rear window 19%.
Compared to previous years, a greater proportion of burglaries have occurred in premises that were unsecured. Since April 2020 over 1 in 4 burglars entered a residential premises through an unsecured door or window.
In winter, a greater proportion of burglaries occur by entry from the rear of the premises. This proportional increase has been more pronounced during the Covid-19 period. In winter, a greater proportion of burglaries occur by forcing a secured window/door.
TOP 5 TIPS
- Secure all doors and windows.
- Light up your home, use timer switches when out.
- Use your alarm, even when at home.
- Store keys safely and away from windows & letterboxes.
- Record details of valuables and don’t keep large cash amounts at home.
Lock Up. Light Up as part of An Garda Síochána’s Operation Thor.
Gardaí in Dundrum are seeking the public’s assistance in relation to a burglary that took place in Churchtown Avenue Dublin at 9.20pm on the evening of 28 September 2021.
On the evening in question the above individual knocked on the window of the premises. When he did not receive an answer he forced his way in through the front door. At this point he was confronted by the owner of the property who asked him what he was doing. The suspect claimed that there was a parcel waiting for him inside. On hearing this the owner asked the man to leave.
Approx. 40 years old, 5’ 4’’ in height, medium build and grey hair. He spoke with an Irish accent. He wore a black jacket and black tracksuit bottoms.
Dundrum Garda Station, Investigating, Tel: (01) - 6665600
Gardaí at Blanchardstown are investigating an incident of exposure that occurred on the 29 August 2021 at approximately 8.15pm, Coolmine Woods, Clonsilla, Dublin 15.
The victim was walking through Coolmine Woods when she observed a male cycling towards her from the Snugborough Road direction. He continued cycling towards the victim, got off his bicycle and leaned it up against a tree. He then stood in some bushes engaged in an act of exposure.
Late 30’s / early 40’s, approx 5’10” in height and having a broad face. He had grey hair and was wearing a dark rain coat, grey tracksuit bottoms and runners.
Blanchardstown Garda Station, Investigating, Tel: (01) 666 7000
The Gardaí at Henry Street Garda Station are re-appealing for information in relation to the Murder of ninety two year old Jim Mulqueen in October 2009.
Jim’s body was found in his home at Ballymakerry, Kilcoman, by a neighbour on the morning of Friday the 23 October 2009. There was no sign of forced entry at Jim’s home, however the front door was open and a sum of money was missing from the house.
Jim was a defenceless man who lived a simple life, he occasionally socialised at a local pub in Newcastle West and visited a local bookies. Jim was recorded on CCTV in a book makers just a week before his death.
The last sighting of Jim was on Thursday the 22 October 2012 around midday filling the kettle from a barrel of water outside his house.
- - Anybody at this stage who may have any information, who for whatever reason has not come forward to please contact us.
- - Did anyone see anybody acting suspiciously in the Kilcolman area or in the immediate vicinity of Ballymakerry on the days preceding the finding of Jim's body?
- - Anyone within the community who may be able to assist with this investigation to come forward. The investigation team are anxious to speak to any person(s) who feel that they may now be in a position to contact them and would like to assure them that they will be treated in a sensitive manner.
Henry Street Garda Station, Investigating, Tel: (061) - 212400
Gardaí at Tallaght Garda Station are investigating the murder of sixty three year old Michael McCoy who died as a result of an assault near his home in Tallaght. His body was discovered at a forest track on Ballinascorney Road Upper, Brittas, Co. Dublin.
On Thursday 29 September 2016, Michael brought his two dogs for a walk in the nearby Ballinascorney forest. His red Daihatsu Cuore was parked at the entrance to the forest by at least 8.30am that morning.
Michael’s wife returned home that evening at around 5.30pm but Michael wasn’t there. She became alarmed at around 7pm when he still had not returned home. Michael’s wife and one of his daughters went looking for him and found his car parked at the forest. They searched for Michael and called out for the dogs. They were worried as they thought he may have had a fall. They contacted the Gardaí who utilised the services of the local Mountain Rescue Units, who searched the woods and found Michael lying on a footpath in the early hours of the 30th September. He had been assaulted and was pronounced dead a short time later.
Michael’s family and local rector Rev. William Deverell have appealed for the public’s assistance in solving this case.
- If you were in the Ballinascorney area back in 29/30 September 2016 or feel that you may be able to assist with the investigation can you please come forward?
- Gardaí believe that there may be people with information in the community who have not yet come forward and would appeal to them to do so now.
- This is a live investigation and while some progress has been made (including a number of arrests) more evidence is required to bring those responsible to justice.
- We are making a direct appeal to the person(s) responsible or people who know who was involved in the killing of Michael.
- It may be the case that with the passage of time or change in circumstances, people who felt they could not come forward previously may now feel more comfortable in doing so. People who do wish to come forward will be treated sensitively.
Tallaght Garda Station, Investigating, Tel: (01) - 666 6000
On this month’s traffic segment Crimecall went on patrol with Garda Adrian Corcoran and Gardaí from the Blanchardstown Divisional Roads Policing Unit and the Road Safety Association (RSA) as part of Tyre Safety Day (Wednesday 6 October 2021).
Crimecall accompanied Gardaí as they carried out visual inspections on both domestic and commercial vehicles, while the RSA inspected heavy goods vehicles for tyre safety.
Gardaí offered valuable advice concerning proper tyre safety, highlighting the main defects and warning signs when carrying out a tyre check.
- - Over and under inflation of the tyre via pressure checks
- - Tyre tread depth checks and
- - Excessively worn / bald / cut or bulging defective tyres
Gardaí reminded the public that they should always check the Tyre Manufacture Date Stamp when buying a second-hand car. If a tyre is over ten years old it will fail the NCT and if it is over six years old it qualifies as an advisory.
Gardaí also conducted a series of tests to highlight the breaking stopping difference(s) between defective and legal tyres.
Also on this month’s traffic segment Garda Adrian Corcoran outlined ‘Winter Ready’ advice to motorists, cyclists and pedestrians for travelling safely during the winter months.
For pedestrians and cyclists;
- - To be safe during winter months you must be seen. Ensure you have lights on your bicycle are that they are working correctly.
- - Pedestrians should carry a torch when walking during hours of darkness.
- - A Hi-Viz jacket is an essential piece of clothing which will make you more visible to other roads users.
- - Plan your route before your walk. Use footpaths where provided, if there is no footpath walk facing oncoming traffic and never walk on dual carriageways and motorways. Use pedestrian crossings when provided.
It’s so important to ensure that your vehicle is ‘winter ready’ and there are some checks you can carry out yourself as winter approaches;
- - Make sure all your lights are clean and in working order. It’s a good idea to drive using dipped headlights during winter even during the day as it increases your visibility to other road users.
- - Check coolant level and washer bottle. Add winter screen wash which will prevent washer jets from freezing.
- - Check oil levels and top up if necessary.
- - Check wiper blades for cracks or damage and replace if necessary.
- - Check tyres. Ensure they have adequate tread depth and are inflated to the correct pressure