Queensland police are searching for a group of Irish tourists accused of a number of scams and thefts between Brisbane and Gold Coast. Picture: AAP Image/Queensland Police
Queensland police are searching for a group of Irish tourists accused of a number of scams and thefts between Brisbane and Gold Coast. Picture: AAP Image/Queensland Police

Police watch airports for Irish scammers

FOUR Irish nationals linked to a spate of crimes in Queensland have been placed on airport watchlists.

It follows the departure from Australia of 20 Irish tourists, also linked to the rip-offs, at the weekend.

Queensland detectives have released images of the remaining four men and women suspected of fraud and stealing offences committed between Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Police are aware of 12 offences since January believed to involve the group of people - all tourists from Ireland.

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The group of men, women and children are accused of planting glass or hair in restaurant meals, shoplifting and dodgy construction jobs.

Detective Superintendent Tony Fleming said the travellers had caused "havoc" across South East Queensland.

The group that have already left, flew out of Sydney Airport possibly to Asia, he said.

At the time police were not in a position to make arrests and did not ask Australian Border Force to stop them from leaving.

"With the remaining four people we believe we are in a position now to commence a prosecution," he said.

The ABF are on alert for the two men and two women attempting to leave the country.

Their whereabouts are currently unknown.

"We are working closely with Queensland Police regarding those remaining onshore, and also engaging with international partners to ensure all relevant information on the group is understood and shared," an ABF spokesman said.

IRISH TOURIST SCAMMERS QUEENSLAND
IRISH TOURIST SCAMMERS QUEENSLAND

 

 

Earlier: Some of the Irish scammers who have brazenly ripped off Queenslanders have fled Australia, while others have gone to ground.

Queensland police say a group of at least nine Irish tourists have been defrauding people and stealing from businesses across the state's southeast.

The group of men, women and children are accused of planting glass or hair in restaurant meals, shoplifting and dodgy construction jobs.

 

Queensland police are searching for a group of Irish tourists accused of a number of scams and thefts between Brisbane and Gold Coast. Picture: AAP Image/Queensland Police
Queensland police are searching for a group of Irish tourists accused of a number of scams and thefts between Brisbane and Gold Coast. Picture: AAP Image/Queensland Police

 

Police say in one case, an elderly man lost more than $25,000 when he paid men to repair his roof but they never finished the job.

Detective Superintendent Tony Fleming has told the Nine Network the media attention had prompted some of the group to flee.

"We know some of these people have left the country now," Det Supt Fleming said on Monday.

"This attention has put many of them to ground ... which is a good thing, because our key goal at the moment is to stop these people from committing any more offences."

A Brisbane woman said she received threats after evicting some of the families from properties she was managing.

Clara Carmichael says four families leased properties from her company using fake documents to pass background checks.

 

The women in the group have used their children to shoplift, with the kids sneaking things into a pram while the adults distract shop attendants. Picture: AAP Image/Queensland Police
The women in the group have used their children to shoplift, with the kids sneaking things into a pram while the adults distract shop attendants. Picture: AAP Image/Queensland Police

After complaints were made of abusive behaviour and damage was discovered in some of the properties, the families were evicted.

Ms Carmichael says since then she has been receiving abusive messages from the families.

"Their threatening behaviour has been ongoing since they were removed from our building, and some were removed, some fled in the middle of the night," Ms Carmichael told Nine.

"I feel that someone has to say something to stop the reign of terror they are unleashing on businesses in the community."

Police are investigating 12 offences which have occurred since January, but believe more victims are yet to come forward.

 

The four people may still be in Queensland it is possible they have since travelled interstate to avoid police.
The four people may still be in Queensland it is possible they have since travelled interstate to avoid police.
The ABF are on alert for the two men and two women attempting to leave the country.
The ABF are on alert for the two men and two women attempting to leave the country.

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