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Thursday 27 July 2017

Shoplifter who took DVDs had lost his job

The court heard Grackovs had 63 previous convictions for theft
The court heard Grackovs had 63 previous convictions for theft

A builder who turned to drugs when he lost his job in the recession was caught stealing DVDs in a Dublin shop.

The court heard Robert Grackovs went in to Tower Records in Eason's on O'Connell Street on April 26. He put the two DVDs, worth €33, into his jacket and left the shop without paying.

The court heard he had 63 previous convictions for theft.

Grackovs (35) had made full admissions when he was arrested, his barrister told Judge Dermot Dempsey.

He had been addicted to drugs for a number of years and was now "on the recovery trail".

Prison

The prosecuting garda agreed, and told the court: "I think prison would probably be a poor place to put him at the moment."

The accused was from Latvia and had been in Ireland for 15 years.

He lost his job in the construction industry during the recession and "fell into heroin use".

"His record is appalling, but there has been a marked change in the last year," his barrister said.

Grackovs - of Buckingham Villas, Buckingham Street, Dublin 1 - was remanded on continuing bail after he admitted a theft charge at Dublin District Court. Judge Dempsey ordered a pre-sentence probation report.

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