Thieves strike when fire­fight­ers out on call

CARS STOLEN TWO SEP­A­RATE IN­VES­TI­GA­TIONS UN­DER WAY

Bray People - - Bray People - Paula BURNS

BRAY FIRE­FIGHT­ERS were left in shocked dis­be­lief af­ter their fire sta­tion was robbed while they were re­spond­ing to a call in Kil­coole.

Two cars be­long­ing to fire fight­ers were robbed from out­side the sta­tion and taken for joy-rides.

At around 1 a.m. on Satur­day morn­ing thugs broke into the empty fire sta­tion and ran- sacked the lock­ers of the fire­men tak­ing wal­lets, cash and the keys of the two cars.

Fol­low­ing a search of the lo­cal area the cars were later re­trieved by Gar­daí close to the fire sta­tion in the South­ern Cross area of the town. De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Frank Keena­han of Bray Garda

Sta­tion said the cars have un­der­gone foren­sic ex­am­i­na­tion and Gar­daí are cur­rently mak­ing an eval­u­a­tion of the stolen prop­erty.

‘It was a cal­lous act to rob from the fire of­fi­cers of Bray while they were on duty and the Gar­daí in Bray will car­ry­out a thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion to catch the per­pe­tra­tors,’ said Det. Insp Keena­han.

Two sep­a­rate in­ves­ti­ga­tions are now un­der­way as the Gar-

daí are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the break-in while Wick­low County Coun­cil which man­ages the fire ser­vice is car­ry­ing out a probe of the se­cu­rity of the sta­tion.

Wick­low Fine Gael TD, Billy Tim­mins, has roundly con­demned the theft of the per­sonal be­long­ings and ve­hi­cles from the fire sta­tion while of­fi­cers were at­tend­ing to an emer­gency call-out.

‘It’s hard to imag­ine a more wicked act of mind­less van­dal­ism. The af­fected of­fi­cers were serv­ing the pub­lic good, and mem­o­ries are still vivid of the heroic fire of­fi­cers who laid down their lives for that cause in the town of Bray.

Gar­daí are ap­peal­ing for wit­nesses and for any­body with in­for­ma­tion to con­tact Bray garda sta­tion on (01)

6665300.

Back- Fr. John O’Brien, Michael Lyons, Mar­garet Gille­spie, Oliver Lowe, Agnes Be­han and Theresa Thomp­son. Front - Chloe Bishop, Larin Nwadike, Cody O’Neill and An­drew McCar­ney at the re­tire­ment pre­sen­ta­tion in St. Fer­gal’s Church.

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