Woman admits stealing four mobiles in the space of a month
A thief travelled across the east of Ireland as she repeatedly stole mobile phones from telecommunications stores.
Irene Mahon (42) stole the mobile phones, worth a total of more than €2,800, during a four-week period in 2015.
Judge David McHugh adjourned sentencing for 10 weeks to a date in June.
The defendant, of Rossberry Lane in Lucan, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to four counts of theft, contrary to the theft and fraud offences act.
Mahon stole a Samsung mobile phone, worth €719, from 3 Ireland in Blanchardstown Shopping Centre on November 1, 2015.
A second Samsung phone, also worth €719, was stolen by the defendant from the 3 Store, Scotch Hall Shopping Centre in Drogheda, Co Louth, on the same day.
A third Samsung phone, again worth €719, was stolen from the 3 Store in Portlaoise on November 28, 2015.
Mahon also stole an Apple iPhone, worth €669, from the 3 Store Blackfriars in Waterford on that date.
The defendant also admitted to attempting to steal a mobile phone from the 3 Store, Dundrum Town Centre, on December 7, 2015.
The thefts only came to the attention of gardai when she was stopped at the phone store in Dundrum after she had attempted to get a phone.
Defence solicitor John O'Doherty said that Mahon had previously entered pleas of guilty and the matter had been adjourned on a number of occasions so she could save up compensation.
Mr O'Doherty said Mahon has been sick in the recent past and had been unable to attend court on the last date due to illness.
He asked the judge to give her time and to further adjourn sentencing so she could bring some compensation to court.
Mr O'Doherty also asked the judge to order a probation report, saying a report would "assist the court".
He said he will make a plea of mitigation on the defendant's behalf on the next day.
Judge McHugh said the matters have been ongoing for some time and he will sentence Mahon on the next date.