Sunday 21 January 2018

Gardaí investigating after elderly woman ransacks local café and supermarket

CCTV images of the woman who fleeced Lelo's Café
CCTV images of the woman who fleeced Lelo's Café
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

An elderly woman who stole a day's takings from a café in Carlow was captured on CCTV raiding the till.

The pensioner, who was wearing a hat and scarf to disguise herself, was also captured on CCTV at a local supermarket.

She was seen walking into the staff area and searching through personal belongings, stealing a sum of money.

Lelo's Café had only been closed for ten minutes and the tills had not yet been cleared when she entered the coffee shop. 

The café is co-owned by Leona Rocca and her husband Onorio, who also own the adjoining takeaway.

"She made her way through the coffee shop and ended up in behind the counter with my other staff working in the takeaway next door, but nobody seen her," Leona told

"The tills hadn’t yet been cleared. My husband would normally do it after all the staff leave but I think it was just pure luck that her timing was perfect."

The woman was in the shop for eight minutes before wandering into the chip shop next door, where she can be seen on camera standing in the service area behind staff members as they served customers.

"She knew exactly how to open the till but for some strange reason, left €15 behind her," Leona explained.

The incident happened on Saturday January 14 at approximately 5.20pm.

No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.

Gardaí in Carlow are appealing for anyone with information to contact 059-9136620.

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