‘A hon­ey­pot for shoplifter gangs’

GARDA WARN­ING ON BRIDGE­WA­TER CEN­TRE

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A GARDA Su­per­in­ten­dent has likened Bridge­wa­ter Shop­ping Cen­tre in Ark­low to ‘some­thing of a hon­ey­pot’ to shoplifters.

Speak­ing at a meet­ing of Ark­low Joint Polic­ing Com­mit­tee Supt. Paul Ho­gan said that crim­i­nals travel from Dublin to Ark­low on a reg­u­lar ba­sis to steal.

‘People are com­ing down es­pe­cially to steal, some­times in groups. The ma­jor­ity of thefts from shops take place in the Bridge­wa­ter Cen­tre and it is some­thing of a hon­ey­pot. While there have been a num­ber of ar­rests it is a sign of the eco­nomic times we are in. Be­fore it might have been one item but now we see an in­crease in the value of goods stolen as there is a ready mar­ket for them,’ he said.

A to­tal of 21 such in­ci­dents have been re­ported in Ark­low since the be­gin­ning of 2014 com­pared with 13 in the same pe­riod last year.

The Bridge­wa­ter Cen­tre in Ark­low.

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