Letterkenny Sinn Fein Councillor Gerry Mc Monagle has described the thieves who robbed two cars at different graveyards in Letterkenny at the weekend as the lowest of the low and heartless.
Cllr Mc Monagle was speaking after being informed by one of the victims of the robbery on Sunday. The first robbery took place at Leck Graveyard on Sunday as two ladies were paying a visit to the grave of their loved one.
The two ladies, a Mother and Daughter had just parked their car outside the graveyard to go visit the grave of their son and brother when the heartless thieves struck, they smashed in the window and stole the two ladies handbags which contained a sum of cash and other personal items.
The ladies told Cllr Mc Monagle that they had just left their cars and walked to the grave when they heard the smashing of glass on returning immediately to their car they seen a car driving off and noticed their handbags were missing.
It would appear that their car was being followed or the thieves were watching the graveyard ready to pounce on who ever visited the graveyard. This is a particularly despicable crime and shows the contempt that these heartless thieves have for the rule of law. Preying on people attending their loved ones graves must be the lowest of the low when it comes to criminal behaviour, these people must be caught and feel the full rigours of the law. I would ask anyone who seen anything suspicious at Leck Graveyard on Sunday afternoon around 4-30pm to contact the Gardaí.
Personal belongings from the handbags including memorial cards of deceased relatives were found alongside the Leck Road in the direction of Cullion Road shortly after the break in to the cars so obvisiouly the thieves made their gateaway along the Leck Road towards the Cullion Road. Amongst the items stolen were personal artefacts from deceased members of the two ladies family members and the family are offering a small reward for their return.
The second car break in happened during the Graveyard Mass held at Conwall Graveyard on Sunday afternoon as well.
Cllr Mc Monagle concluded by again appealing to the wider public for help in tracking down these heartless thieves. I would also appeal to people who may be close to these thieves to give them up. This is the lowest form of crime that anyone could be involved in, to target grieving relatives attending their loved ones graves is totally despicable. I would urge anyone attending graveyards or graveyard masses over the next while to be extra vigilant and not to leave valuables in the car but to lock them away in the boot out of sight.