Tuesday 16 January 2018

Another woman attacked and robbed by criminals impersonating gardai

Gardai are investigating the incident
Gardai are investigating the incident

Robin Schiller

A third woman has been attacked and robbed by a group of criminals impersonating gardai after being stopped by a vehicle with flashing blue lights in the south-east of the country.

The 26-year-old victim was followed by a car which she believed to be a garda patrol vehicle in Co Wexford.

Believing the occupants of the other car to be members of An Garda Siochana, the unassuming woman pulled over and was approached by two males.

However, as the victim proceeded to step out of the vehicle she was attacked and robbed by the perpetrators. A small amount of cash was taken during the incident but the victim is believed to have been left physically unharmed.

The incident occurred at approximately 8.40pm on Saturday evening in the Monart East area of the county.

Officers from Enniscorthy garda station are investigating the incident and are appealing for anyone with information to contact them.

Sources said that detectives are investigating a possible link between Saturday’s incident and two previous robberies during which the alleged assailants impersonated gardai.

Last month a woman was pulled from her car in Co Wexford before being assaulted and robbed after being stopped by a vehicle with flashing blue lights.

The previous week in Wexford Town a woman was badly assaulted during a road side robbery after being pulled over by what was described as a Ford Mondeo with flashing blue lights.

Sources advised concerned members of the public to ask for identification when being approached by members of An Garda Siochana.

“As a matter of procedure gardai, whether uniformed or plain clothed must carry garda identification with them, and members of the public can ask for this to be produced if they are concerned. However, these incidents are very rare,” the source said.

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