Gardaí are advising peope to be wary of purchasing high valued mobile phones on the internet after a woman was arrested on suspicion of trying to offload a fake iPhone in Edgeworthstown, writes Liam Cosgrove.
The suspect advertised the phone on classified advertising website, DoneDeal.ie as far back as February.
She had arranged to meet a customer in the grounds of a car park before being arrested by gardaí and brought to Granard Garda station for questioning.
Detectives later released the woman without charge ahead of a file which officers are currently preparing for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
In a separate incident, more than 20 valuable phones were stolen from a mobile phone store in Longford town last Tuesday, June 10.
Gardaí believe that a foreign national gang were behind the theft, in which over €12,000 worth of merchandise was taken.
The theft took place shortly after staff had opened the store at 9.30am.
It is believed that two people posing as customers distracted staff while a third person entered a back room and stole the phones.
A total of 21 high valued phones, including 11 Apple iPhones and 10 Samsung Galaxy S4 mobiles were stolen in the incident.
Given the large number of phones taken, officers believe the suspect was carrying either a holdall or rucksuck at the time of the robbery.
Meanwhile, investigators have launched a separate inquiry into the theft of a large cache of cigarettes from Tesco, also in Longford town.
The haul, believed to be in the four figure category, was stolen during the early hours of last Thursday morning, June 5.
All of the items were taken from the supermarket’s main service desk area, gardaí have confirmed.
CCTV footage has been downloaded and viewed by investigating officers.