Limerick gardai issue warning as phone thefts are on the increase

Eugene Phelan

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Eugene Phelan

FOLLOWING a number of violent thefts of mobile phones in the city, Gardai are warning members of the public to be careful when and where they use their mobiles.

FOLLOWING a number of violent thefts of mobile phones in the city, Gardai are warning members of the public to be careful when and where they use their mobiles.

A 22 year old man had his iPhone 3GS stolen from him while he was walking along William Street at 2am on Wednesday February 15. The injured party took off in pursuit of the culprit and fortunately a community based Garda who was on mountain bike patrol saw the pursuit and he also gave chase on the bike.

The culprit ran from Cruises Street onto Denmark Street where the Garda intercepted him and arrested him. This man is currently before the courts charged with the theft.

At the Crescent Shopping Centre on Wednesday February 15, at 6pm a 13 year old boy who was with friends, was approached by two males who assaulted him and stole his Apple iPhone 3GS and a small sum of cash.

Crime Prevention Office, Sgt Brian Broderick said the public need to be careful when using their mobile phones as they are attractive to criminals due to their small size, high value and the fact that there is a ready market for them.

“It should also be said that if there were no purchasers for these phones, there would be no sellers. People who buy stolen phones should be aware that the next stolen phone for sale could be theirs,” said Sgt Broderick.