Shoplifter stole toys to give at Christmas
A SHOPLIFTER was caught stealing toys that she planned to give as Christmas, presents a court heard.
Aisling Groves (41) had left the shop with a number of toys and was only caught when she returned a short time later and tried to steal more items.
Judge David McHugh imposed a nine-month sentence but suspended it for two years.
He noted that Groves had a conviction for a similar offence dating from November 2013, and it appeared she had gone shoplifting for Christmas.
The defendant, with an address at Hazelcroft Road, Finglas, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to stealing groceries, toys and DVDs worth €368.
The theft took place at Tesco, Clearwater Shopping Centre, Finglas, last November 24.
Gda Ronan Farrelly said that Groves entered Tesco, took a number of toys, walked out without paying for them and put them in the boot of her car.
He said she returned to the shop and took more toys but this time she was confronted by security.
Gda Farrelly said all the property was recovered in a saleable condition.
He added that Groves told him she had taken the toys to give as Christmas presents.
The court heard that Groves has 11 previous convictions, including a number for theft-related matters.
Defence solicitor Terence Hanahoe said Groves, a mother-of-one, is an alcoholic and had fallen off the wagon at the time of this offence.
He said she is no longer drinking and is "doing well". He also said the toys were recovered and there was no loss to the store.