Tuesday, May 30th, 2023

Swift-acting Gardai help catch Dublin Airport shoplifter who stole €660 worth of goods before taking Ryanair flight

SWIFT-ACTING Gardai have caught a Dublin Airport shoplifter who took a Ryanair flight to the UK with stolen goods.

The investigation began at Terminal One when the alarm was raised cops about a robbery by airport staff.

Gardai caught a Dublin Airport shoplifter who took a Ryanair flight to the UK with stolen goodsCredit: Social media
Cops were alerted to the shoplifter by Dublin airport staffCredit: PA:Press Association
Sussex police caught the thief when they landed in GatwickCredit: Alamy

Staff at The Loop Duty Free provided gardai with a description of the shoplifter.

And within moments, officers checked CCTV to find the thief and determine what flight they were on.

However, the their plane had already left the gate with the shoplifter on board.

At the time, Gardai assumed the sky high stealer robbed around €260 worth of goods.

However, the quick-thinking cops didn’t give up so easily and made a call to police at Gatwick Airport to provide them with the thief’s image before the flight landed.

Sussex police intercepted the shoplifter when they arrived, discovering over €660 worth of stolen goods.

And with the help of Ryanair crew on flight FR115 they were returned to Ireland safe and sound.

Taking to social media, Gardai said: “When the Garda got to the boarding gate, the plane was in taxi with the person onboard having stolen at least €260 worth of goods.

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“But not giving up – the garda reached our Sussex Police colleagues in Gatwick Airport to provide the person’s image before the flight landed and they would disembark.

“After Gatwick Police intercepted the person and conducted a search, it was discovered that she had stolen more than €660 worth of items from stores at Dublin Airport.

“The crew of Ryanair flight FR115 returned the items to Dublin Airport and they were back in the retail stores affected by lunchtime.”

After the thief was caught, Gatwick Police said: “B Section have assisted gardai with a shoplifter flying from Dublin.

“Officers at LGW identified the offender and have retrieved goods, with items being returned immediately to Dublin on the return flight, with thanks to the Ryanair crew.

“True cross border policing.”

Meanwhile, a Ryanair flight was been evacuated at Palermo airport last week after a bomb scare onboard the plane.

All 190 passengers plus crew are currently safe at Falcone e Borsellino Airport in the popular holiday destination of Sicily.

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The entire airport airspace, close to Sicily’s capital, was closed and all other arriving flights were diverted to other Sicilian airports.

Police, security, firefighters and bomb experts quickly arrived on the scene and checked the Ryanair plane and all of its luggage.

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