A JCB digger was used in an attempt to steal a safe from a McDonald’s restaurant in Limerick early on Tuesday morning.
The unknown number of persons rammed the drive-thru window at McDonald’s at the Castletroy Shopping Centre on the Dublin road.
The incident occurred at around 2.50am. It’s also believed that the burglar/burglars managed to reach the safe and used the digger to drag it across the floor before abandoning their effort and leaving it behind.
The premises remained closed this morning while a clean-up operation was undertaken.
There was extensive damage caused to the internal and external areas of the premises.
On arrival at the scene gardaí found that those responsible had left the area. The scene was sealed off and technically examined before the digger was also removed for forensic examination.
Gardaí are also expected to canvas local businesses for CCTV footage as part of their efforts to identify the thieves.
A spokesman confirmed that there was an attempted burglary at a fast food outlet in Castletroy but that nothing was taken.
The spokesman also confirmed that officers from Henry St are investigating the incident but that no arrests have yet been made.
Anyone who was in the area at the time and who might have seen anything suspicious, is asked to contact Henry St station on 061 212400 .
By Patrick Flynn
Source: IRISH Mirror