Shoplifter caught taking €149 sunglasses from Specsavers
A DUBLIN man was arrested for stealing a pair of of glasses from a city centre Specsavers outlet, a court heard.
Alan Giles (38) was caught after he took the €149 sunglasses from a shelf.
Judge Ann Ryan fined him €150 when he appeared before Dublin District Court.
Giles pleaded guilty to stealing the glasses at the store on Grafton Street last May 7.
The court heard the defendant went into the store at 7.10pm.
He took a pair of Cheap Monday brand sunglasses from the display.
Giles, with an address at a Simon Community hostel on Harcourt Street, hid the glasses in his jacket and left without paying.
He was stopped by security personnel, the gardai were called and he was arrested and charged.
The court heard the glasses were returned to the store in a saleable condition.
The accused had a number of previous convictions, most of which were for theft off- ences.
"You have spent a lot of time in prison and it doesn't seem to have changed your offending," Judge Ryan said after hearing details of the accused's criminal record.
"The main thing, however, is that Specsavers are not at a loss."
The accused, who was on crutches, remained at the back of the court while his case was being heard.