Bookshop robber who 'reads a lot' used butter knife in raid
A man robbed a Dublin bookshop while threatening staff with a butter knife.
Damien Moore (46) made off with 18 books in the robbery in the south city centre. He also admitted shoplifting more books in two other incidents.
Dublin District Court heard Moore "reads a lot", but that he also intended selling some of the books.
The titles, worth a total of €848, were all recovered. He pleaded guilty to robbery, theft and knife charges.
Judge Michael Walsh adjourned the case for a pre-sentence probation report.
The court heard Moore went to Hodges Figgis on Dawson Street on November 4 last. He took 18 books worth €350 and left with them in his backpack.
When a security man followed him, he produced the butter knife and threatened him.
On May 14, 2013, he was seen carrying a coat over his arm at Reads on Nassau Street. When stopped, books worth €230 that had been concealed fell to the ground. At Chapters, Parnell Street, on May 23, 2014, he stole six books worth €268.
Judge Michael Walsh said it seemed to him the books were not taken for leisure purposes.
"It wasn't Mr Moore's summer reading list, but he does read a lot," his solicitor Robert Purcell said. "He does sell some of them."
When the security man went to grab him, Moore "overreacted, turned around and produced the butter knife on the spur of the moment".
Moore, of Salvation Army, Longford Street, was in a car accident 12 years ago in which his partner and six-year-old child were killed.
Moore suffered a broken back and pelvis and has had problems since then.