Three people appeared before a special sitting of Gorey District Court last night charged in connection with a number of thefts from retail outlets in the southeast in recent months.

Two women, aged in their 50s and late teens, and a man in his late teens were arrested in Carlow town earlier in the day.

They were detained after two houses in the town were searched and property worth in excess of €5,000 was recovered.

All three were released on their own bail.

A file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.