Car park thieves strike

Thieves are targeting shoppers who leave their cars unattended even for a moment, with three males arrested following a theft in the car park of a local shopping centre.

Thieves are targeting shoppers who leave their cars unattended even for a moment, with three males arrested following a theft in the car park of a local shopping centre.

A garda spokesperson has confirmed to the Leinster Express that three males, two of whom were juveniles, were arrested on Sunday, April 26, following an incident in the car park of Aldi in Portlaoise.

A woman left her car unattended while she was leaving back her shopping trolley and when she returned to the car she found her handbag had been stolen along with a quantity of shopping. A short time later an attempt was made to withdraw money using her stolen bank cards.

The three males arrested were not from the Laois area and a quantity of cash and property was recovered. The gardaí believe the men may have been operating in a number of car parks around the town and inquiries are still ongoing. A file is currently being prepared for the DPP.

With busy shopping days ahead in the run-up to holy communions, shoppers are being warned to secure their vehicles even if unattended for a short time. People are also advised to keep an eye out while shopping and report anything suspicious to the gardaí.

Call Portlaoise Garda Station on 05786 74100.