A DUBLIN TD has become the latest victim of crime on the Luas. Fine Gael's Olivia Mitchell had her purse stolen from her handbag by a pickpocket on the Green line.
Ms Mitchell was left "devastated" after the purse – which is of major sentimental value – was taken along with €250 in cash, a credit and debit card, and a Leap card.
The incident happened on the Luas green line at 5.30pm on Monday between the Harcourt and Cowper stops and is now being investigated by gardai
"I was on my way home when I became conscious of a guy shoving his coat against my bag. He must have opened the zip and removed my purse," she said. "The most upsetting thing is that I loved the purse – it was a Christmas present from my son."
Gardai are viewing CCTV in a bid to catch the culprit and repeated security warnings were issued to customers on Green line trams last night.
A source explained: "This is just one of a number of instances on the Luas Green line over the past week – a professional gang has been operating on it."
The service was plagued by anti-social behaviour last year, when almost 1,000 incidents and threats to passengers and staff occurred on the Luas.
But the operators of the tram system have refused to reveal how many thefts there were. Transdev said only that it was "accurate to say the majority of incidents were on the Luas Red Line".