Gardaí investigating Pettigo burglary
- Cllr. urges vigilance

Gardaí in Ballyshannon continue to investigate an alleged burglary at the home of an elderly woman near Pettigo last Friday.

Gardaí in Ballyshannon continue to investigate an alleged burglary at the home of an elderly woman near Pettigo last Friday.

A number of men are reported to have entered the unlocked home of an elderly woman in Bellault at around 8.30pm.

The woman, who is aged in her 70s, was at her home as it was searched. The intruders made off with a “substantial quantity” of cash, a garda spokesperson told the Donegal Democrat.

It is understood that they then travelled in direction of Pettigo in a black Nissan Pathfinder Jeep with Northern Ireland number plates.

Bundoran Town Councillor Mick McMahon said he spoke with the woman this week and that she was still traumatised by the incident. “She’s a resilient woman but she’s still feeling very vulnerable. It’s understandable, when you live on your own in a rural area, have lived there for years, and then raiders come into your own home while you are there.

“It’s a real cause for concern. The local community are very upset about it because she has very good neighbours and everyone is alarmed that this could happen in their midst.

“I would encourage everyone to remain vigilant, not just in their own homes and businesses, but to keep a careful eye out for others in the community. “If you see anything suspicious, report it to the gardaí, don’t assume someone else will.”

Cllr. McMahon also praised the local community for recently starting up their Community Alert scheme, which had lapsed a few years back.

He also said it was important to keep rural garda stations, banks and post offices open in order to help prevent this kind of crime.

Lawrence McManus, Vice Chairperson of Pettigo Community Alert and a member of the Donegal County Joint Policing Committee, said he was “totally appalled at what happened”. He said it was “an attack on the whole community”.

Mr McManus continued: “I am calling on those people to stop harrassing and terrorising old people and warn them that there will be no stone left unturned finding them”.

He said he spoke with Garda Supt. Vincent O’Brien at the Joint Policing Committee meeting on Monday night. “He assured me that the gardaí are working closely with the PSNI and are fully investigating this incident.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Gardaí in Ballyshannon on 071 985 8530.