Daylight robbery of French tourists in Limerick

Eugene Phelan

Reporter:

Eugene Phelan

TWO French nationals have suffered robberies in Limerick’s city centre in recent days.

TWO French nationals have suffered robberies in Limerick’s city centre in recent days.

And Henry Street Gardai have arrested a man in a third case where a woman was robbed while walking on Denmark Street.

The first incident involved the theft of a mobile phone from a French student. The incident took place at Belfield Gardens at approximately 6.45pm on Saturday July 7. The student, a 15-year-old male, was approached by a man who demanded that he hand over his mobile phone, which he duly did.

“A man and a woman then came to the assistance of the student and detained the culprit and contacted the gardai. However the culprit managed to escape before gardai arrived. He got away with a black Samsung Galaxy mobile phone,” explained Henry Street Crime Prevention Officer, Sgt Brian Broderick, who paid tribute to the man and woman for coming to the student’s assistance.

The culprit was described as being 5’10” in height and wearing a black tee-shirt, three quarter length white trousers and an earring in one ear. A follow up search of the area was carried out but to no avail. CCTV from the area is being examined by Mary Street gardai. Anyone with information should ring 061-483870.

A second incident, also involving a French national, took place on O’Connell Street at 5.15pm on Thursday July 7. The man had placed his bag on the ground beside him when a male approached him, picked up the bag and ran off. The bag contained a black and grey Dell laptop, reading glasses and a French passport and driving licence.

The cuplrit was described as being 5’10” in height, with a strong build, black hair and wearing jeans and a grey hoodie. As this incident took place in broad daylight on O’Connell Street gardai believe there may be witnesses to it.

“We are appealing for witnesses to contact Henry Street on 061-212400 or the confidential phone line on 1800-666111,” said Sgt Broderick.

A third incident took place at Denmark Street at 1.30am on Saturday July 7. In this case a 23 year old man stole money from a woman who was walking on the street. He was identified by gardai using CCTV and has been arrested and since charged.