Gypsy hypnotist 'made woman hand over cash'
BIZARRE: Gardai are treating the incident as 'very serious'
YOU could be excused for thinking it was an April Fool's joke.
However gardai in Carlow have confirmed that they are treating as "very serious", claims made by a local woman that she was hypnotised into handing over her valuables.
The alleged incident occurred at around 3pm in the centre of Carlow town on August 23.
A 28-year-old local woman claims that she strolling down Carlow's Tullow Street when was approached by an "Eastern European gypsy".
She alleges that the woman put her under a hypnotic spell before convincing her to hand over her wedding ring and mobile phone.
The hypnotist -- who was described as being in her early twenties -- brought the victim to a nearby cash machine where she proceeded to empty her bank account and hand over the cash.
The mysterious woman then fled with a "significant" amount of money as well as the victim's possessions.
The total value of the theft is understood to be around €2,000.
Carlow's local newspaper this week told its readers: "This is not the plot of a CSI drama."
But Carlow Gardai confirmed to the Herald today that they are treating the matter "very seriously".
The victim told investigating gardai that her hypnotist was of "Polish or Roma" origin and aged between 23 and 25 with long black hair.
She alleges that the woman was wearing green contact lenses over her brown eyes and had a stone on her upper right tooth.
Sgt John Foley of Carlow Garda Station told the Herald:
"A substantial amount of money was taken as well as the woman's wedding ring and mobile phone. Investigations are ongoing. We've made no arrests as yet but are treating the issue very seriously."
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Carlow Gardai on 059 9131505.