Gang using 'fake Sky TV van' to spy on homes for potential robberies
Published 18/02/2016 | 17:10
Gardai are investigating reports of a 'fake Sky TV van' calling to people's homes in the south east.
The vehicle, a 2005 white van, had a large graphic depicting the satellite TV giant's logo and emblems.
Sources say the van is linked with a number of burglaries and is believed to be connected to a Romanian gang who are thought to be responsible for crimes ranging from armed robbery to assault.
Photos of the vehicle have been circulated on social media outlets and has since been spotted with the graphic stripped from its body.
It's understood that the use of vans decorated with the logos of trusted utility companies are becoming increasingly popular with burglary outfits.
"If someone sees a van parked outside a house with ESB or Sky written on the side it usually doesn't rouse much suspicion," said a source.
"It gives lads like this free rein to park up and move in and out hiding in plain sight. They are also using them to call door to door to case out properties and to find out when people are home.
"It is a worrying development. We have had reports ranging from Sky to the ESB and even DHL. "