Hapless thief raided headshop after being searched
A HAPLESS thief who robbed a headshop of €2,400 worth of drugs was identified by gardai as he had been stopped and searched by an officer just minutes before he entered the shop.
Michael Meleady (35) held the door to the headshop open while an accomplice ran inside and gathered up as many products as he could.
A judge sentenced Meleady to six months in prison but suspended it for one year, saying this was his last chance.
The defendant, with an address at Charlemont Street, Dublin 2, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to a charge of robbery.
The incident took place at Nirvana, Main Street, Bray, Co Wicklow, on August 17 last.
Garda John Thompson said Meleady held the shop door open while his accomplice, who was barred from the shop, ran inside and grabbed handfuls of products including Flake, Enchanted and Joosey Fruit, valued at €2,400.
He then threw the products to Meleady and the pair ran away.
The court heard that Meleady had been stopped and searched by gardai minutes before the robbery.
The court was told the defendant has 47 previous convictions.
His counsel said Meleady was very well-intentioned but is a chronic alcoholic and often gets into trouble.