Steak thief told to pay up or face going to jail
A DRUG user who stole nearly €200 worth of steaks from a supermarket has been told he faces jail if he does not pay compensation.
Anthony Conlon (31) had the case against him adjourned after he admitted two counts of theft at Dublin District Court.
Judge Bryan Smyth said if he paid full compensation, Conlon would get a six-month suspended sentence. The judge said otherwise, he would jail him for six months.
The accused, with an address at St Anne's Drive, Raheny, pleaded guilty to stealing the meat from Supervalu, Raheny on two separate dates last year.
The court heard in the first incident on November 18, Conlon entered the shop and filled a bag with steaks worth €64 and left without paying. On December 21 he again went to the shop and took €125 worth of steaks which he did not pay for.
None of the property was recovered, the court heard.
Conlon was a fairly long-term drug user and admitted the offences, his solicitor Declan Fahy said.
He was unemployed and on social welfare.
Judge Bryan Smyth said there was €189 outstanding. "If he wants to avoid a sentence, he is going to have to come up with the full amount," he said.
The defendant was remanded on continuing bail until a date in July.