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Sunday 25 September 2016

Mum-of-two went on shoplifting spree with her pram

Valerie Folan (38) pleaded guilty to multiple theft charges. Stock photo: Depositphotos
Valerie Folan (38) pleaded guilty to multiple theft charges. Stock photo: Depositphotos

A mother-of-two who went shoplifting with her pram has been given a nine-month suspended sentence.

Valerie Folan (38) stole hundreds of euro worth of cosmetics, clothing and jewellery from several shops.

Sgt Maria Callaghan told Blanchardstown District Court gardai were called to Boots in Blanchardstown Shopping Centre at 12.45pm on October 23, 2015.

The accused had placed €139 worth of goods into bags in her pram and walked out of the shop when staff stopped and detained her. When gardai arrived and searched her bags, they discovered she had stolen items from other shops, including €39 worth of cosmetics from McCabe's pharmacy, €75 worth of jewellery from Topshop and clothing valued at €465 from Mothercare.

"We also found snips in her handbag that appeared to have been used to cut security tags from items," the garda witness said.

She co-operated with gardai and all the stolen items were recovered in a saleable condition.

The court heard her eldest child was a wheelchair user, while her youngest daughter was aged 3. The court heard Folan had a large number of previous convictions for theft offences.

Folan, with an address at Ferrycarrig Drive, Coolock, pleaded guilty to multiple theft charges.

Judge John Lindsay suspended the sentence for 18 months.

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