Cllr Barney Fitzpatrick said: “This was a heinous crime. I am disgusted by the man who carried out this burglary. I hope he is apprehended by police quickly.
“I would like to pass my condolences to his wife and family. This was a terribly sad incident that should never have happened.
“If anybody has any more information about this crime then I would urge them to contact the police.”