Jail warning for serial thief who stole antique jewellery and toys from shops
A serial thief who stole €600 worth of antique jewellery and toys from Dublin shops has been warned he will be jailed if he offends again.
The thefts were among several charges against Raymond Grogan (38) who already had 90 previous convictions, mostly for stealing.
Judge Cormac Dunne adjourned his case for the production of a probation report at Dublin District Court after he admitted the charges against him.
The court was told that Grogan, of Moorefield Grove, Clondalkin, carried out the jewellery theft at Ferocious Mingle Arcade on Camden Street, Dublin, on August 10, 2014.
He went into the shop and took 35 antique rings before leaving without paying.
He was stopped outside and all the jewellery was recovered and returned undamaged to the owner.
Grogan also admitted stealing children's toys, groceries and other goods from premises including Aldi on Parnell Street and a city centre Boots, also on dates in 2014.
The court heard that of the 90 previous convictions Grogan had, 55 were for theft, including one for robbery.
They dated between 1998 and 2014.
The accused's mother had died when he was 18, and from then on he had had a chronic drug addiction and alcohol dependency, his solicitor told the court.
However, the defendant had not been in trouble since 2015.
Judge Dunne said that if the cases before the court had been more recent, Grogan would have been getting a lengthy custodial sentence.
Instead, noting that he had stayed crime-free for a year, the judge said he would order him to engage with the probation service.
Judge Dunne said he would not finalise the case until the report is available and did not indicate the likely penalty.
He adjourned the case to a date in September.
"If between now and then, when I re-open the file, you are detected for any offence, I will be cancelling all engagement with the probation service and giving you a prison sentence," he said.
"There is only one person who can keep you out of prison and that is yourself."
Grogan was remanded on continuing bail.