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Sunday 17 December 2017

Father stole seven milk trolleys in supermarket thefts that 'defied logic'

Dublin

Anthony Greene of Elmdale Park, Ballyfermot
Anthony Greene of Elmdale Park, Ballyfermot

A Dublin man who drove into supermarket car parks and stole milk trolleys that had been dropped off has been put on a one-year peace bond.

Anthony Greene (26) loaded up his van with seven steel milk trolleys, valued at €560, in the two incidents at city shops.

Judge Michael Walsh bound him to the peace and fined him €99 after hearing the thefts "defied logic".

Greene had €560 in compensation in court but Judge Walsh ordered it be given to charity.

The accused, of Elmdale Park, Ballyfermot, pleaded guilty to the two thefts at Tesco in Crumlin and SuperValu on the Walkinstown Road.

When the case came back before Dublin District Court, defence solicitor Edward Flynn said Greene had full compensation.

The judge ordered it to be donated to the Capuchin Day Centre.

He asked Mr Flynn what possible use Greene could have had for the trolleys.

"It defies logic," Mr Flynn said.

The €560 had been a lot of money to save for Greene, who was unemployed.

He had a young family, "held his hands up" to what he did, and co-operated with the investigation.

Previously, the court heard that on May 1 last year, Greene drove his van into the rear car park of Tesco in Crumlin, where three milk trolleys had been delivered by Glanbia.

Worth

He took them, gardai investigated the theft and Greene was later arrested, a garda sergeant told Judge Walsh.

"On arrest, he also admitted taking four milk trolleys from SuperValu on Walkinstown Road," a garda sergeant said.

The method of theft was the same in both cases. One set of trolleys was worth €240 and the other was valued at €320.

Greene never been convicted of theft before, the court heard.

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