Good samaritan rugby tackled thief who stole women’s handbag

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GARDAÍ in Limerick are investigating after an unsuspecting woman had her handbag snatched from her car in broad daylight in the city centre last week.

On Friday last week (April 26) at around 7.45pm in the evening, Gardaí have reported, a woman was sitting in her white Mazda 3 car at Mount Kenneth Place, just off Henry Street in Limerick City.

Garda John Finnerty, of Henry Street Garda Station, explained that the opportunistic thief opened the woman’s passenger door, snatched her handbag out of the passenger seat, and ran off with it.

The Henry Street Garda said the thief ran up the hill away from the terrified driver, in the direction of Henry Street, where he was rugby tackled to the ground by a member of the public who witnessed the encounter.

The thief left empty handed, Garda Finnerty said, with the handbag eventually returned to the terrified woman.

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The good samaritan who stopped the thief didn’t leave any contact details, but Gardaí would like to track him down so that he can be thanked by them and the woman.

Gardaí in Henry Street Garda Station are eager to speak to this good samaritan to thank him for his intervention.

If you were the person who stepped in to intervene, or know who it was, Gardaí would like to hear from you.

Similarly, if anyone was a witness to the incident or has any  further information on it, Henry Street Gardaí would be interested in hearing any further information on 061 212 400.