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24/09/2021

TD warns motorists that criminals are acting as undercover Gardai on rural roads

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An underhanded new way of robbing rural motorists has become a common trend on Irish roads it has been revealed. The Independent.ie this morning reported that criminals posing as plain clothes gardai are pulling in local motorists before robbing them on the side of roads around the country. It follows a shameful robbery on an elderly couple in Ballynacargy, co. Westmeath where two men dressed as plain clothed gardai made an elderly couple pull in to the side of a road, before asking for the driver to produce identification and then snatching the wallet from his hand and making off with a substantial some of money. Longford and Westmeath TD Robert Troy said;  "The methods used by the robbers in this instance were sinister. Their actions were cold and calculated. People also have the right to demand proper identification from gardai, should they suspect foul play is involved." In Castlerea, co. Roscommon, locals have taken matters into their own hands by raising €20,000 to install cctv cameras in different areas around the town in a bid to prevent crime. Footage from the cameras has proved pivotal in bringing criminals to justice and solving crimes in the town since their introduction.

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