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‘I can’t keep up’ says shop owner hit by theft spree


Kara Maher of ‘Frock n Fabulous’

Kara Maher of ‘Frock n Fabulous’

Kara Maher of ‘Frock n Fabulous’

An owner of a well-known dress-rental shop has spoken of how she tackled a group of women who were robbing clothes from her store.

The incident – not the first of its kind, she says – took place at ‘Frock n Fabulous’, on Exchequer Street last Sunday.

Store boss Kara Maher said she witnessed a group of women stuffing their buggies and tops with her stock. Ms Maher told RTE’s Liveline that six “foreign women” entered her shop and took dresses off the rails, putting them into their buggies and up their tops.

Kara posted photos of the culprits on her Facebook page as she said “naming and shaming seems to be my only option”.

“I had to physically tackle these girls who were robbing dresses. I tried stopping them at the door but they pushed past me. I work so hard at my business. It’s my livelihood yet these girls keep robbing,” she wrote.

“My business can’t sustain this level of theft.”

Another caller, Austin O’Malley of O’Malley Electrical, said he experienced a similar theft in his shop.

“A woman walked into the shop and she put her hand on an electric iron. She lifted her skirt and put the box under and attached it to something under her skirt and then she just walked out the door,” he said.

“She was in the shop I’d say for 10 or 12 seconds. It was very quick, she was very good at it and sure what could I do, I couldn’t approach her. It was educational. I was shocked how she made it look so easy. I’m sure stuff was stolen from the shop before but I had never seen it.”


Una O’Reilly, owner of Allicano dress shop on South William Street, also shared a similar experience. She said that she looked at the photos that Kara had posted on Facebook and saw that it was the same group who tried to rob her shop.

“Last Saturday the exact same group came into my shop,” she said. Una refused to let the women out of the shop and blocked their exit.

Starla Dresses on South William Street was also targeted recently.