Man charged as gardaí launch shoplifting probe in Longford town

Liam Cosgrove

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Liam Cosgrove

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liam.cosgrove@longfordleader.ie

A Longford town computer games store has become the victim of a shoplifting episode for the second time in as many weeks, it has been revealed.

GameStop, located along the Grafton Court area of town, was targeted last Thursday afternoon by two female suspects at around 3pm.

It’s understood both women proceeded to take around €150 worth of items before exiting the shop without paying.

It comes less than a week after another female suspect was spotted stealing two Playstation 4 controllers.

Much like the incident last Thursday, the thief made her exit on foot.

Separately, a man is due to appear at a sitting of Longford District Court next week, charged with carrying out thefts at the same Longford store with two hours of each other.

The man, who is well known to gardaí, allegedly stole two jumpers and a pair of Wrangler jeans from Durkin’s, totalling around €160 last Wednesday (January 23) at around 3pm.

Two hours later, the same individual is believed to have re-entered the same store and stole a third jumper.

He was later arrested and charged over the incident ahead of an expected court appearance next Tuesday (February 5).

In an unrelated incident, gardaí are also investigating the circumstances behind an incident at a business premises on the outskirts of Longford town which resulted in a Ford Transit van reportedly going on fire.

Fire services and gardaí were attended the scene, just off the main Ballinalee Road, shortly after it was reported last Friday (January 25) with the fire swiftly being brought under control.

Anyone with information in connection to any of these incidents is asked to contact Longford Garda Station at (043) 3350570.

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