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Thursday 14 December 2017

iPhone Gang's €45,000 haul recovered

RAIDERS TARGET NEW iPHONE

MARIA PEPPER

WEXFORD phone shop owners are on red alert after €45,000 worth of phones was stolen from Carphone Warehouse.

The North Main Street shop was targeted by thieves who cut a hole in the roof and made away with a haul of phones including the new iPhone 5.

The Wexford town robbery was the latest in a series of phone shop burglaries being investigated by gardai.

Last week, phone outlets in New Ross and Enniscorthy were hit along with shops in Tipperary, Carlow and the Midlands.

Gardai believe two gang are responsible for the raids which coincide with the recent release of the iPhone 5.

The Carphone Warehouse burglary which is captured on CCTV, took place in the early hours of last Wednesday morning.

The raiders wearing scarves over their faces, gained entry through a rear gate located in High Street and cut a hole in the roof of the building.

The phones were placed in a large black bag with a metal ring to keep it open while the burglary took place.

A major garda investigation was immediately launched and the stolen phones along with a car used in the robbery, were subsequently found in a lock-up store in County Offaly.

No-one was detained for questioning at the scene but it is expected that arrests will be made, according to a senior Garda spokesman. The manager of Carphone Warehouse Michelle Leahy was called to the premises after the alarm went off.

'I was shocked when I came down. It's tough to see it,' she said, adding that the thieves knew what they were looking for.

'At least it happened at night when there was noone here,' she said. As news of the robbery circulated around the town, other phone shops reacted by increasing security on their premises. One shop organised hourly security patrols in the wake of the North Main Street theft.

Businesses in the vicinity of Carphone Warehouse are also understood to have tightened their security measures.

The Garda spokesman said businesses have been offered security advice.

He said the two gangs responsible for up to two dozen phone shop burglaries over the past fortnight, are believed to be based in Dublin and the Midlands.

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