New revelations about a group of Irish scammers have come to light as details emerge of an extended crime spree that has stretched right across Queensland’s south east.
Seven News can reveal stunning new details of a group of Irish mums scamming restaurants and businesses.
Their crime spree has run unchallenged for months, but police are now investigating links with a group of dodgy Irish labourers.
Armed with giant designer handbags, the alleged scammers are caught on camera during an attempted shoplifting spree.
Despite appearing casual, police are not fooled.
Footage from a Chevron Island supermarket catches one woman placing one item in her shopping basket, and another in her handbag.
When a staff member approaches the blonde woman, it seems she thinks she has been sprung, and frantically moves the goods from her handbag into the shopping basket.
It is believed the group of women stole around $150 worth of groceries from the store.
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“It's already so tough for small business owners, let alone these extra losses,” the National Retail Association’s Lyneta Darlington said.
The aggressive mums, with broad Irish accents, have targeted businesses in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast.
The women have visited Brisbane pawn shop Monty's several times.
“They come in, they're very pushy, they're very full on [with] two prams, four kids,” Monty's manager Shael Dawson told 7 News.
They have even hit retailers and beauticians, gaining notoriety for ripping off restaurants by planting glass in meals to get a free feed, often worth hundreds of dollars.
It seems their expensive taste isn't just for food, either.
On January 30, a pair of shoes was stolen from a Chanel boutique. The suspects - two women with a pram and two small children - were caught on camera.
Police are investigating if the group is linked to a man who was recently arrested in Broadbeach over a similar scam.
He failed to show at court. Checks with Interpol reveal he has a history of fraud back in Ireland.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report anonymously online.