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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Bobby (85) is victim of second burglary in a year

Pictured at The Open The Garda Station Rally at Stepaside yesterday was Stepaside Lord Mayor, Bobby Gahan.
Pictured at The Open The Garda Station Rally at Stepaside yesterday was Stepaside Lord Mayor, Bobby Gahan.

An 85-year-old widower who lives next door to Stepaside Garda Station has spoken of his frustration following two burglaries at his home.

Bobby Gahan, currently the mayor of Stepaside and a former deputy director general of RTE, told how another neighbour has been the victim of four recent break-ins.

Mr Gahan said burglars used the grounds of the closed-down station to gain access to his property.

"Two days after they closed the station, my oil tank, which had 1,000 litres in it, was emptied," he told the Herald.

"They came over the wall from the garda station.

"Nearly one year after the closure, they burst in through the back door and took valuable jewellery that had belonged to my late wife."

Mr Gahan also told of how family members and friends have been targeted

"A daughter of mine also experienced a break-in and the cost of replacing her door was enormous," he said.

"You'll find it difficult to pass three houses out here without at least one of them having been targeted.

"Why they closed Step-aside, nobody can understand.

Gunpoint

"When it was open there was always movement and I believe the blue light makes a difference."

Locals fear nothing will come of yesterday's protest, with one concerned householder saying her home has been targeted by burglars three times.

Publican John McCloskey, who owns the Step Inn, was held at gunpoint during an armed robbery at his property nine months after the closure of the garda station.

"I'm there 10 years now and I know the previous owners and there was never any trouble," he told the Herald.

"I see it all the time now - elderly people who used to come down to the pub are afraid to leave their homes."

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