Scarke golf clubhouse ransacked in burglary

PROPRIETOR APPEALS FOR INFORMATION ON BREAK-IN

ELAINE FURLONG

A BUSINESSMAN who is this week counting the costs after burglars caused thousands of euro worth of damage when they ransacked his premises is appealing to the public to contact gardaí with information.

Padraig Bailey, proprietor of Scarke Golf Club, said around €6,000 worth of damage was caused to his clubhouse when it was burgled on Holy Thursday night.

' The place inside was destroyed – it was pure and utter vandalism,' said Padraig, who reckons the clubhouse was broken into between midnight and 1 a.m.

According to Padraig it is believed the thieves took slates off the roof to gain entry to the clubhouse through the attic space as the clubhouse windows were covered by shutters.

Once inside the alarm was then disabled, but Padraig believes the burglars were unable to gain entry to the clubhouse from the attic and so kicked in the front door to the premises.

'Once inside the alarm went off and they broke the bell to stop the noise. They got into the office area by pulling out a shutter and then cut it off, which they must have done with a consaw,' he explained.

The CCTV recorder, a laptop, a hard drive, a pink camera, a Nokia N8 phone which was bought in the Philippines, and a couple of hundred euro worth of a float was also stolen and the gun safe was cut.

Before leaving the thieves smashed the three televisions in the clubhouse.

' They went through every drawer and press, even the fridge,' said Padraig, who only discovered the damage at 8 a.m. the following morning, Friday.

Padraig is now appealing to anyone who may have any information to offer to contact gardaí in New Ross, who are investigating.

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