Three homes in the area had their gardens sheds broken into and items stolen. Cllr Flood explained how one homeowner caught the man in the act and challenged him. “When challenged, the thief bolted down the side entrance with tins of paint which he had removed from the home-owners garden shed. She called the Guards and again challenged him and he told her he was a painter and had got the wrong house. Although he didn’t explain why he had her paint.”
By the time the Guards arrived, the thief had made his getaway. Cllr Flood was very concerned that the home-owner had “found two knives dropped by the side of her house where he had ran to get away. Her locks on the side gate and on the garden shed had both been broken off.”
That wasn’t the end of the burglar though. To make a clean getaway he had stashed his loot in an overgrown area and then had the cheek to return in the evening to retrieve his items.
Cllr Flood commended “a brave young man who doesn’t want to be named” who managed to capture the culprit’s return on video. “There were two other individuals in the car and you can see on the video, him loading a copper boiler he had stolen from another house, into his car. They then drove off and were not apprehended.”
Again, this was not the end of the story. The thief returned yet again and this time attempted to steal the video maker’s family car. “The young man immediately recognised the thief and alerted everyone, his parents, neighbours and even the ice-cream man and together they challenged the would be car thief and this time, he was apprehended on the Newfoundwell Road by Gardaí.”
Cllr Flood has commended the actions of everyone involved and has posted the video on his Facebook page. He has asked that local people view it and try to identify the two accomplices.“Policing only works when there is a partnership between the Gardaí and the community. On this occasion, the community came together and did their part, contacting Gardaí, getting video evidence although it was very discreetly done. Everything has been forwarded to the Drogheda Gardaí.
“I would ask everyone to be vigilant and not to take risks if you see anyone committing a crime. Alert the Gardaí and make sure you keep yourself safe.”