Mourners, many of them elderly, visiting cemeteries in the city and county are being robbed while they visit the graves of their loved ones.
Matters came to a head last week when one woman was followed to Foulkstown Cemetery, on the city’s Waterford Road where she planned to put flowers on her brother’s grave.
As she pulled up two men approached her. She reached for her mobile phone to ring 999 when a man appeared from behind the wall of the cemetery and the car sped away.
Every week, cars, parked in broad daylight are being broken into and robbed as people tend to the burial places of their loved ones.
There has been a spate of similar incidences in the Thomastown area, St Kieran’s Cemetery, Kilkenny city, Piltown, Mooncoin, Ballkeeffe, Callan and in the north of the county. Fears are now that one of the criminals will be confronted by the car owners.
Gardai in Thomastown were forced to issue an appeal recently warning motorusts not to leave any vaulables in theier cars.
Mayor of Kilkrnny city, cllt Martin Brett has caled on gardai to make routine checks of all cemeteries in their area and he appeled to the public to ring the gardai stif they see anything suspicious at graveyards.