Nine 'Irish tourists' wanted by police in Australia over scams and thefts

Australian police hunt for 'Irish scammers' suspected of a spate of crimes across the Gold Coast

The force has released images of a number of men and women who may be able to assist with their investigations.

"Part of the challenge is identifying which crimes this group of people are potentially responsible for ... and then identifying what we can actually prove", he said. "No one has yet been put before the courts", he added.

Some of them claimed to find glass or hair in their food in order to get free meals, others were caught on security cameras filling designer handbags with stolen goods from supermarkets and retail outlets.

Fleming told the press conference that some of the allegations included elderly persons being defrauded of sums in between $6,000 to $25,000.

The group of about a dozen men, women and children have tricked elderly Queensland residents out of thousands of dollars, run away from restaurants without paying and used their children to distract shop workers before stealing merchandise. "They are aggressive and usually work in groups of two or more", Fleming said.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

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"We know some of these people have left the country now, my detectives are still investigating in bringing it all together for those who may remain in the country", Detective Superintendent Tony Fleming told Channel Nine on Monday.

Police released this image of women with kids in prams they believe are linked.

"There's a bit of an art and craft to this and they're highly mobile, they generally don't stay in one place too long".

Based on the CCTV, they don't seem to be concerned about being seen or detected. And more importantly they don't have any respect for people in the community.

Elsewhere, men - who police said have "thick Irish accents" - have scammed unsuspecting homeowners by starting construction work on homes, before leaving halfway through finishing the job to rob them of their cash.

Australian Border Force are also now involved in the investigation, while any victims who are yet to come forward and make an official complaint should contact Policelink on 131 444.