A man chased a burglar from his home in the early hours of Saturday morning during a spate of burglaries in Letterkenny over the weekend.
The man chased a youth from his home on Dr. McGinley Road in the early hours of Saturday morning after being woken by noise.
Gardaí believe the same gang is responsible for the incidents of burglary and criminal damage in the town between Friday and Sunday.
In one incident over €2,200 of property was taken from a house in Meadowbank Park. Gardaí believe all the incidents are linked and that a local gang is responsible.
The weekend of crime began in the early hours of Friday morning when the keys of two cars were taken from a house in the Slieve Sneacht area. The keys for two cars were taken from the home between 3am and 9am and the cars were later found crashed.
At around 3.15 am a home owner at Dr McGinley Road was wakened by talking and he was confronted by a youth in his home who he chased. An X-Box remote control was taken from the home.
At around 5.30am on Saturday a home was entered at Meadowbank Park through a smashed rear window. A jewellery box in a bedroom was interfered with, but it is not known if anything was stolen.
Another burglary in Meadowbank Park occurred between 5pm on Saturday and 10am on Sunday. The burglars took €2,200 of property including three hand held computers, a Nitendo Wii and four games, a Sky remote control and a bag of coal and firelighters.
Criminal damage occurred at St. Eunan’s Court on Sunday morning around 9am when €1,500 of damage was caused to a parked car.
Another attempted burglary took place on Sunday at Meadowbank Park where a householder was alerted after hearing noise at the front door but nothing was taken.
Superintendent Vincent O’Brien said a full investigation is underway. “We would appeal for anyone with information concerning this spate of burglaries to contact Letterkenny Garda Station,” he said. “I would also appeal to house owners to ensure their properties are properly secured at all times.”