An attempted burglary at McHale Agri, Forest and Garden was foiled earlier this week.
The Castlebar-based business is a Honda ATV and garden machinery and service centre, which stocks farm quads and lawnmowers.
In a post on social media, a spokesperson said:
“So we had a break-in last night. Our Echo stand containing a substantial range of chainsaws, hedge trimmers, strimmers & leaf blowers etc., were taken.”
“However, due to outstanding service provided by Kieran Lavelle of Right Price Alarms and a rapid response by the gardai at Castlebar station, the attempted burglary was foiled. Massive thanks to Kieran & the Gardai at the scene last night.”
Confirming the news to That’s Farming, a spokesperson for An Garda Síochána said:
“Gardaí are investigating a burglary that took place at a retail premises in Castlebar, in the early hours of Wednesday morning 07/07/21.”
“No arrests have been made; investigations are ongoing.” the spokesperson added.
The business was established in 2008 and is an outdoor power equipment supplier for the agricultural, forestry and garden machinery sector.
It has customers throughout Ireland but predominately serves clients throughout Mayo, Galway, Sligo, Leitrim and Roscommon.
While the business is an official authorised agent for Honda agricultural and garden equipment in its areas, they also stock Mountfield, & a range of Echo handheld products, namely chainsaws, hedge trimmers, strimmer’s, brush cutters, leaf blowers and long reach pole saws and hedge trimmers.
What to do if your cattle are stolen/missing
Meanwhile, last week, we featured an article on livestock theft.
Following the recent theft and recovery of four Friesian heifers from fields in the West of Ireland, we contacted An Garda Síochána and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) to seek advice for farmers.
According to the DAFM’s database, some 1,082 cattle were reported either missing or stolen in 2020.