'Customer' tricked shop staff into opening till and snatched cash, court told
A man has been accused of repeatedly snatching cash from shop tills after pretending to be a customer.
Derek Shevlin (24) got staff to open tills after asking to pay for bottles of Lucozade and other items five times in the space of a week, it is alleged.
A court was told he then grabbed money while they were "distracted" and ran off.
Judge Brian O'Shea adjourned the case at Dublin District Court.
Mr Shevlin, of Castletimon Road, Coolock, is charged with five counts of theft.
He has not yet entered a plea to any of the charges.
The court heard it was all- eged that he went to Star Buys in Coolock on June 3 and reached into a cash register while a bottle was being scanned, stealing €160.
On June 4, he allegedly stole €65 from the till at Iceland in Coolock, after handing the shop assistant a bottle of Lucozade.
At Eurospar on Malahide Road, he is accused of taking €160 from the till on June 5 after handing over an item to scan.
On June 7, he took €150 from the cash register at Spar, Applewood, Swords, after asking for change, it is alleged.
He also allegedly went to Spar, Kinsealy, the next day and took €360 while the till was open after he handed over a bottle of Lucozade.
Judge O'Shea said the alleged thefts all involved "a similar MO, going to the till area, causing a distraction and taking money".
The court heard it was not alleged that any force or viol- ence was used.
Judge O'Shea accepted jurisdiction to deal with the case at district court level.
Defence solicitor Colleen Gildernew asked for any CCTV evidence to be disclosed.
Judge O'Shea said he would make a general disclosure order and adjourned the case to a date next month.
He also granted free legal aid after Ms Gildernew handed a statement of Mr Shevlin's financial means in to court.
There was no garda objection to legal aid.
The defendant was remanded on continuing bail.