A man has been arrested in connection with three burglaries, a theft and a criminal damage incident that occurred in Kilrush.
Shortly after 3pm yesterday, Gardaí in the West Clare town received a report of a possible burglary at a house on Toler Street.
Gardaí attended the scene, and saw a man coming out through a side window of the house.
Following a short foot chase the man, aged in his 30s, was arrested. He was also found to be in possession of a knife.
The scene was preserved and examined by the local Scenes of Crime Unit.
A hatchet and a screwdriver that are believed to have been used during the course of the burglary were also recovered.
The suspect was detained at Kilrush Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984 and has since been charged in connection with that incident, and also in relation to burglaries at a shop on Francis Street and at a house on John Street, criminal damage to a shop on John Street, and a theft from a church in the town.
Those incidents occured between March and June.
The man is appearing before a Ennis District Court this morning.