THREE women charged in connection with hundreds of pounds worth of goods from Fermanagh shops over a few weeks this autumn have had their court case adjourned after it emerged they may be connected to a dozen more crimes.
Elizabeth Joyce (38) and Ellen Joyce (25), both with an address at Trasna Way in Lisnaskea, and Seprina Joyce (36) of Hazelwood, Athlone each face five counts of theft from Enniskillen shops between August and October.
All three women are charged with stealing goods to the value of £170 from Next on August 13, £122 worth of goods from B&M Bargains on September 12, 75 worth of goods from the store between September 12-14, £50 of goods from Lidl on September 14, and items worth £195.51 from Iceland on October 2.
In addition, Elizabeth and Ellen Joyce are charged with the theft of £812 worth of items from Monsoon on September 30.
The case against the three women, who are related, was before Enniskillen Magistrates Court on Monday, however it did not proceed as a spokesperson for the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) said police, in the course of investigating the incidents the women are currently charged with, subsequently identified the women as being possibly involved in a further 12 incidents.
The PPS spokesperson, who added the women are alleged to be involved with organised crime in the South, said an investigation into the 12 possible further incidents was ongoing.
District Judge Nigel Broderick adjourned the case for four weeks, until December 12, to allow time for this investigation to be carried out.
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