Shoplifters caught with €4k haul in 'escapade of theft'
A pair of shoplifters stole €4,000 worth of clothes from four city centre stores in an "escapade of theft".
Gardai caught Lucian Ciobanu (23) and Vasile Pascua (51) with a foil-lined bag, then their investigations led them to a car filled with the stolen goods.
Judge Michael Walsh gave the men six-month suspended sentences, saying it had been a "careful, well-thought out, well-planned exercise" in the Grafton Street area.
Ciobanu, of Old Forge, Barn Lodge, Ballycoolin Road, and Pascua, of North Circular Road, both admitted theft charges.
Sgt Gail Smith told Dublin District Court that the clothing was stolen in successive thefts from the Levis Store and River Island on Grafton Street, Sup- erdry on Suffolk Street and All Saints in Powerscourt Townhouse Centre.
The court heard both accused were stopped with a foil-lined bag and a vehicle was quickly located by gardai.
All the stolen property was found in this vehicle.
Neither defendant had any previous convictions and both made full admissions.
Ciobanu had come to Ireland six months ago with good intentions of seeking work, his solicitor Michael Kelleher said.
He said he was now doing well and working in a factory. He had showed an "unusually high level of remorse" when caught and was "quite panicked".
Ciobanu had been foolish and naive and it had been a wake-up call for him, Mr Kelleher said.
Judge Walsh said there was "no naivety" and added that the accused had been involved in an "escapade of theft".
Pascua came here three years ago, was married with one child and was involved in casual work.
It was a case of "financial desperation" for him, and someone gave him the idea of committing the crime on the day, Mr Kelleher said.
Each defendant's sentence was suspended for two years.