Children being sent out to steal

first_imgShannon Airport braced for a devastating blow WhatsApp Advertisement TAGSCourtCrimeLimerick CityNewssociety Facebook Linkedin SHOPLIFTERS are using children as ‘Artful Dodgers’ to help them make off with stolen goods in Limerick city.And security sources have confirmed to the Limerick Post that using young children is now a well-known ploy for shoplifters.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “A child under the age of 12 has no criminal culpability unless they’re involved in very serious crime and the shoplifters know this. We can call the Gardaí but there’s nothing they can do.“Even if we manage to hold on to them until the Gardaí come, the best that can happen is that Tusla, the child and family agency,  get involved and they track down the parents.“But there’s really very little that can be done. And security guards find themselves in a predicament if they try to physically detain a child”.Another ruse, according to the source, is for parents to instruct small children to start taking goods and throwing them on the floor. Then, on the pretence of picking the merchandise up, they steal some of it.“One thing comes off the floor and goes back on the shelf and the other goes into the pocket,” the source told the Limerick Post.The security source said that the young ‘Artful Dodgers’ are sent to target pharmacies,  particularly.“They steal false nails, false eyelashes, fake tan – any goods that they can pick up easily.“But apart from the stealing itself, these kids are learning criminality from their parents and where do you think that brings them as they get older?”The issue came to light when Limerick Post reader James Walsh from Rosbrien caught an incident on camera, in which a young girl of about ten years of age was apprehended by security guards on Cruises Street.The girl was pushing a buggy, containing a toddler and a pile of garments which had apparently come from nearby Penneys.“She wrestled the buggy away from the security people and was gone before the Gardaí arrived, leaving the clothes behind,” said Mr Walsh, who watched the drama unfold.Meanwhile, Fianna Fail Social Protection spokesman Willie O’Dea has called for legislation which would make parents pay for the damage caused by their children’s behaviour.“Parents who wilfully refuse to control their children should have to financially compensate their victims.“Gardaí tell us that with young teenagers, there is no point in trying to do anything about anti-social behaviour because the law isn’t there to support them.“We need to start the debate, at very least, that parents should be made pay towards the damage their children cause,” the Limerick TD said in an interview on Newstalk radio. Email Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year Printcenter_img Previous articleDirectly Elected Mayor Debate Part 1 – The Limerick Post Show with Meghann ScullyNext articleUnderstanding the reality of chronic fatigue Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick on Covid watch list NewsCrime & CourtSocietyChildren being sent out to stealBy Bernie English – May 20, 2019 1571 Thefts of catalytic converters on the rise #crimeprevention Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Vicky calls for right to die with dignitylast_img

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