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Thursday 29 September 2016

Man distracted worker as he stole €20k of jewellery

a POLISH cafe owner stole jewellery worth nearly €20,000 from a Dublin city centre antique shop while a staff member was distracted, a court heard.

Jan Grabowski (56) pocketed diamond and pearl earrings and a brooch while maintaining he was making a purchase at the store.

The father-of-two was fined €500 and given a six-month suspended sentence at Dublin District Court.

Judge Michael Walsh suspended the sentence for 18 months on condition that the defendant leaves the country within 48 hours.

Grabowski, of no fixed address here, but who had been staying at a city centre hotel, pleaded guilty to stealing the earrings and brooch at Courtville Antiques, Powerscourt Townhouse Shopping Centre, on April 9 last.

Detective Garda Des Rogers told the court the accused went into the premises and said he was going to buy some items from a display.

While the owner was distracted, he took the two items, worth a total of €19,950, and put them in his jacket pocket.

The incident was captured on CCTV and the accused was stopped on Grafton Street.

He was arrested, the property was recovered with the accused's assistance and he made full admissions when interviewed.

The accused was due to return to Poland and his flight ticket was in his luggage, the court heard.

shame

Grabowski came to Ireland where his son is living as there were "certain opportunities", his lawyer said.

Grabowski felt shame and remorse for having been involved in an "act of dishonesty of this nature", he added.

Judge Walsh said the gardai were to be commended for their "excellent attention to this matter".

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