Saturday 3 December 2016

Ireland's Most Wanted: Picture of the ACTUAL seagull who robbed gran's €350 smartphone

Published 22/07/2015 | 09:33

The light-fingered feathered fiend tries to look casual moments before he struck
The light-fingered feathered fiend tries to look casual moments before he struck
A worker from the Botanic Gardens searching in a pond for the mobile phone belonging to Vanessa Keegan that was dropped in after it was stolen by a seagull.
Vanessa Keegan with a photo on her tablet of the gull that stole her phone

This is the seagull who snatched a €350 smartphone from a Dublin grandmother in the Botanic Gardens.

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The photograph was taken seconds before the seagull snatched the phone from Vanessa Keegan as she visited the gardens with her daughter and granddaughter.

Ms Keegan (55), from Clonsilla in Dublin, was in the Botanic Gardens with her daughter and granddaughter when the bird made its move.

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She was sitting on the grass when she briefly put her €350 HTC smartphone down to take pictures with her tablet.

She took the pictures on her iPad of the seagull seconds before it flew away and then swooped for her phone.

A worker from the Botanic Gardens searching in a pond for the mobile phone belonging to Vanessa Keegan that was dropped in after it was stolen by a seagull.
A worker from the Botanic Gardens searching in a pond for the mobile phone belonging to Vanessa Keegan that was dropped in after it was stolen by a seagull.
The light-fingered feathered fiend tries to look casual moments before he struck

"The seagull was right beside me," she said, "and the next thing my daughter Caroline screamed, 'Mam, he has your phone.'

"I just stood there crying and then I started laughing. I lost all my photos, videos of my son in Australia and phone numbers. The phone had a pink cover on it so he must have thought it was a piece of meat or something."

Vanessa Keegan with a photo on her tablet of the gull that stole her phone
Vanessa Keegan with a photo on her tablet of the gull that stole her phone

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After witnessing the gull flying off with the phone, two Botanic Garden workers rushed to Ms Keegan's aid with pitchforks and waders. However, a chase was unsuccessful, as the bird dropped the phone into a nearby pond and it was never recovered.

Ms Keegan took a snap of the Botanic Garden workers checking the pond in a bid to find the stolen phone. However, they weren't able to locate it.

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Ms Keegan is hoping her insurance company will cover the unusual theft.

"Even when I rang the insurance company to report it, they asked could I not come up with something better than that," said Ms Keegan.

"I had to fill out a report, and I was even laughing at myself, and when I handed it in to the guard I knew by his eyes when he saw the word seagull he was holding back a snigger."

Ms Keegan is now awaiting a replacement phone.

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