A spate of thefts and burglaries have taken place within a nine mile radius in Fermanagh and Cavan this week. Police and Gardai have confirmed that five theft related crimes have been reported between Friday night, October 26, and the early hours of Monday, October 29, a period of just over 48 hours.

The crimes took place in Enniskillen, Bellanaleck, Belcoo, Blacklion and Derrylin.

A variety of items were stolen including a Rolex watch, a gold wedding ring, sums of cash, power tools and a red Honda 350 quad.

One of the incidents involved the theft of £6,000 worth of tools from a van parked at Wellington Road car park. The incident took place between 11:00am and 12:30pm on Saturday October 27. The tools were stolen from a van belonging to Bernard Dolan, a self-employed joiner.

“I am walking around in a daze to be honest. I just can’t believe it,” he told the Impartial Reporter this week.

“When I added it all up it comes to around £6,000 worth of tools. It is just very hard to get your head around,” Mr Dolan explained.

“There are no markings on the van or nothing to say who it belongs to so somebody must have been watching me or knew me, because they had to have known what was inside,” he said.

Mr Dolan went on to explain how a screwdriver had been used to break open the lock and get access to the van.

“If anyone was parked in the car park during that time who saw anything or might have a dash cam that captured something, anything at all, it might help.”

The previous night, Friday October 26 a house was broken in to on the Teemore Road in Derrylin. Cash and jewellery were taken including a gold watch, a gold wedding ring and a bloodstone ring.

In Bellanaleck, in a house on the Killywillan Road, police have confirmed that another burglary took place between 2pm on October 26 and 5:30pm the following day with a Rolex watch and jewellery taken by the thief.

In a fourth theft a red Honda 350 quad with rear bail carrier was stolen from a farm house in the Belcoo area. Police have said that the incident is believed to have taken place in the early hours of October 29 and that the quad may have been loaded on to the back of a van.

Meanwhile the Gardai have confirmed that they are investigating a burglary that occurred on the same night at approximately 5am at a premises in Blacklion, Co Cavan. A sum of cash was stolen. No arrests have been made and investigations are ongoing.

In a statement to the Impartial Reporter concerning the four thefts in Fermanagh, Chief Inspector Clive Beatty, explained that:

“Our enquiries are ongoing, and it is important to stress that, tackling burglaries and theft remain of major importance for Police in Fermanagh and Omagh District. Our overall aim is to keep people safe and bring more offenders before the courts. We know that burglary and theft are crime that can have a high victim impact when a person’s property is broken into. On a daily basis, police officers respond to calls for help from people who have been burgled, so we are very much aware of the effect these incidents can cause. We are committed to bringing those responsible before the courts. If you can help or notice anything suspicious in your area, please report to Police.”

The police have asked for anyone with any information about any of these thefts to call 101.