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Wednesday 28 September 2016

Phone thieves have had their chips after getting in a pickle over burgers

Two criminals found themselves in a major pickle when they were arrested for theft after threatening staff in a McDonald's. Photo: Chris Gardner
Two criminals found themselves in a major pickle when they were arrested for theft after threatening staff in a McDonald's. Photo: Chris Gardner

Two criminals found themselves in a major pickle when they were arrested for theft after threatening staff in a McDonald's.

The bizarre incident happened at the fast food chain's outlet on the Hebron Roundabout in Kilkenny on Wednesday.

Sources revealed that the pair, who are aged in their 20s, were furious when they were given pickles on the burgers they ordered.

After saying that they had not ordered pickles, the duo allegedly threatened staff - who then called gardai.

When officers arrived at the McDonald's outlet, the argument between the two men and staff was ongoing and the gardai calmed the situation.

Gardai took the details of the two men, who are from Waterford city, and - after making enquiries - it emerged that they were wanted for the theft of a mobile phone from a teenager at the quays in Waterford the previous day.

The duo were then arrested and brought to Kilkenny Garda Station, where they were held for a number of hours.

It is expected that they will appear before a court sitting in the coming days.

Assault

"These gobsh*tes got themselves into a right pickle, there is no doubt about that," a source said last night.

"If they had not being so abusive over pickles in their burgers, they might never have been arrested for the phone theft offence."

Both men are known to gardai for a wide variety of criminal offences including assault, theft and burglary.

While the nature of the men's arrest is comical, the crime of phone theft is one of the most prevalent in Ireland.

Almost €3m worth of mobile phones were stolen between January and March 2015 .

Two out of every five robberies and thefts occur between the hours of 10pm and 4am, with over half happening between Friday and Sunday.

The number of mobile phones reported stolen to gardai fell slightly last year when compared to 2014.

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