Gang tar­gets el­derly

‘DIS­TRAC­TION THEFTS’

Bray People - - NEWS -

A GANG spe­cial­is­ing in or­gan­ised theft has been tar­get­ing vul­ner­a­ble people in­clud­ing the el­derly, ac­cord­ing to gar­dai.

De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Frank Keeneghan of Bray Garda Sta­tion said that there have been a num­ber of these theft in­ci­dents in­volv­ing a gang com­posed of non-na­tional in­di­vid­u­als.

‘ They have been fo­cused on el­derly people go­ing in to banks and post of­fices and so on,’ said Det. Insp. Keeneghan.

He ad­vised lo­cal people us­ing ser­vices in towns to be ex­tremely care­ful when tak­ing out large sums of money.

‘Make sure that the money is se­cured prop­erly or you make the prop- er ar­range­ments to lodge it,’ he said.

One of the men re­spon­si­ble has been ar­rested, how­ever, and gar­dai have some iden­ti­fied oth­ers. ‘ The ac­tiv­ity has oc­curred in Wick­low, Bray, Ark­low, Naas and other lo­ca­tions and seems to be the work of one gang,’ said Det. Insp. Keeneghan.

He said that the thieves em­ploy a ‘dis­trac­tion theft’ method, in which they will pre­tend to be in some dis­tress or to re­turn a small sum of money.

‘ There are some un­scrupu­lous people out there who will take ad­van­tage,’ he said, adding that iPhones have also been taken from bars and cof­fee shops.

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