A man in his early 40s is to appear before Ballina District Court today charged in connection with the theft of a handbag from a woman in Ballinrobe yesterday.

Gardai arrested a man this morning in connection with the theft, which occurred just off the Main Street in Ballinrobe shortly after 12.30pm yesterday afternoon.

The woman had recently withdrawn cash from an ATM.

The man was detained at Castlebar Garda Station and later charged in connection with the theft. He is to  appear before Ballina District Court this afternoon.

 Mayo’s Crime Prevention Officer, Sergeant Tony Cosgrove said, "During the Christmas period An Garda Síochána is encouraging those making cash withdrawals to be mindful of their surroundings. To please ensure that they cover their pin at the ATM. If they notice anyone in their immediate vicinity who may be paying attention to what they are doing at the ATM to cancel their transaction and wait until it is safe and secure”.



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