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Thursday 8 December 2016

'Prolific' thief stole Lego, dolls and sweets for child

April O’Brien had 32 convictions, 20 of them for theft
April O’Brien had 32 convictions, 20 of them for theft

A shoplifter with a "prolific" history of theft stole Lego and other toys for her child while "kitting out" their home, a court heard.

April O'Brien (23) was given a nine-month suspended sentence for a series of thefts from city stores.

Judge Anthony Halpin warned her she was "running out of chances".

O'Brien admitted stealing toys worth €49 at Dealz, Moore Street, last November 26. She stole two Disney dolls and a Lego set worth €137 from Smyth's, Jervis Street, last March 3 and two more Disney dolls worth €67 on March 11.

She took €22 worth of sweets and chocolates from Tesco, Fleet Street, last May 29 and toiletries worth €58 from Clery's, Talbot Street, on June 24.

This year, O'Brien stole cosmetics worth €60 from Boots, The Ilac Centre, on February 8 while carrying a foil-lined bag to pass security sensors.

She stole blades worth €90 from the same shop the next day and was remanded in custody until she entered guilty pleas.

Dublin District Court heard she had 32 previous convictions, 20 of them were for theft.

O'Brien, with an address at Fettercairn Ring Road, Tallaght, had become "desperate" to provide for her two-year-old child and "in a misguided way decided to obtain funds by thieving", her solicitor Clare Barry said.

Drug

She had been attempting to "kit out her house" for her child, she added.

The accused had a history of drug abuse.

"She has a prolific history of thieving," Judge Anthony Halpin said. "It seems she can't go into a shop without taking something. Does she not know you have to pay for it?"

The judge suspended several concurrent nine-month sentences for 18 months.

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