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Friday 23 June 2017

Woman dragged to the ground in robbery rampage

Residents of south Dublin fear chalk markings, like the one shown (inset), are being used by burglars to target homes
Residents of south Dublin fear chalk markings, like the one shown (inset), are being used by burglars to target homes

A female commuter was dragged to the ground during a robbery in Dublin city centre.

The terrifying incident was one of a number of robberies in the capital's north inner city yesterday morning.

A man was struck in the throat with a crutch and another man was robbed on the Luas during separate attacks.

Gardai suspect that the same robbers were responsible for all three crimes and two men were arrested yesterday.

Mysterious

A source said the first incident happened at 7am on Abbey Street Lower, in Dublin's north inner city. The commuter was dragged to the ground by two males who stole her handbag before fleeing.

A short time later another commuter was struck in the throat with a crutch after being approached by two men who stole his mobile phone.

Gardai at Store Street also received a report of a man being robbed on the Luas red line in the city centre. His phone and wallet were taken during the theft.

Meanwhile, fears have been raised that a burglary gang is targeting homes in south Dublin after mysterious chalk markings appeared on footpaths.

Locals in the Ballybrack and Shankill areas are concerned after spotting the distinct markings outside their homes.

Councillors in the area have warned residents to remain vigilant after the local council confirmed the markings were not created by its staff.

Residents have now shared a key on social media to help identify the different markings.

The key originated from police in the UK, where similar markings have been reported to help burglars attack homes.

One image of a chalk marking in the Dublin locality shared by a local shows the letter X three times in a row, which according to the key suggests "three good targets in a row".

Local Fianna Fail councillor Vinny Duran-Kearns said similar markings had been used to target homes in the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown area.

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