A perfume gang are targeting chemists across the country.
The three-woman gang of professional shoplifters have stolen tens of thousands of euro worth of fragrances in recent weeks.
The women, who are based in Dublin, arrive in towns where they blitz a number of chemists selling perfumes for the busy Christmas market.
They then leave using public transport to get back to the capital to pass on the perfumes to criminal gangs who sell them.
The latest target for the gang were pharmacies in Letterkenny, Co Donegal, where €3,000 worth of perfume was taken in recent days.
Local Garda Sergeant Paul Wallace said the perfumes stolen were at the higher end of the market.
“Some of the perfumes taken were reduced in price but they were still very expensive.
“These women did not draw attention to themselves and had targeted a number of shops before we even knew they had been in town.
“We suspect they are using public transport as it is easier for them to get in and out of towns.
“If they are not in a certain car they cannot be followed and they just sit back with the stolen goods in their bags,” Sgt Wallace said.
“They the go back to Dublin and then distribute the goods to other gangs for sale.
“It is well organised and it is netting them plenty of cash before Christmas,” the local garda sergeant added.
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