Female Waterford thief at centre of €200 note scam targeting local businesses busted
Gardai have made a “significant arrest” in the hunt for a woman, believed to be living in Waterford, travelling the country pulling off an elaborate scam targeting businesses.
The suspect and a male accomplice were yesterday evening charged with seven and six offences respectively, including burglary and theft, at a sitting of Kilkenny District Court.
Over the past fortnight shops in Waterford, as well as in Tipperary, Kilkenny, Carlow, Kildare, the border counties and other parts of Munster were being subjected to the scam in which a woman would try and pay for goods with a €200 note and, if refused, would take the goods and flee without paying.
After receiving reports the woman was attempting the scam in Carlow town yesterday, gardai raced to the area to try and arrest the woman.
By the time they reached the scene the woman anished, but shortly afterwards she was reported to be in Paulstown in nrighbouring county Kilkenny, where garda imanaged to track her down and make the arrest.
The woman, who is 28 and understood to be living in Waterford, was taken to Thomastown Garda station where she is currently being detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act. She is due to appear at a special sitting of a local District Court.
A local Garda source told WaterfordNow.ie: “This is a significant arrest, significant on a national level.
“We see her as being involved in an amount of incidents over the last two weeks in the greater Leinster area and the south Munster area.
“We have been looking for this person in relation to a number of thefts and burglaries,” the Garda added.
A second suspect, a 46-year-old man, also believed to be living in the Waterford area, was arrested at the scene in Paulstown.
He is also currently being detained at Thomastown Garda Station for questioning.
The pair had been using a beige Skoda Fabia with an 06-W reg to travel around the country and carry out the scam and it is understood that apart from the incident in Paulstown, they have also hit businesses in Freshford, Kilkenny City, Ferrybank, locations in counties Waterford, Tipperary, Kildare and Monaghan.
Gardai are appealing for any businesses they may have encountered a person trying to pass a €200 note for goods to contact their nearest Garda Station immediately with any information they can provide.