Saturday 14 December 2019

Sneak thief stole 750 cigarettes from shop

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A sneak thief with more than 70 convictions grabbed a haul of loose cigarettes from a shop counter as part of a crime spree, a court heard.

Martin Balog (24) was jailed for four months by Judge Ann Ryan after pleading guilty to burglary.

Dublin District Court was told Balog had moved a small fridge on wheels to get behind the cigarette and alcohol counter at the SuperValu store on Military Road, Kilmainham, last January 24.

The accused had gone into the store, which had no one behind the counter at the time, at 9.30am.


He removed 750 cigarettes that were lying loose in a drawer after moving the fridge.

The court heard Balog had 71 previous convictions and was already serving a sentence for theft.

Nobody was confronted during the burglary.

Balog "went in behind the counter rather than breaking in", his lawyer said. "I don't think it was a sophisticated operation, he just grabbed whatever was at hand," he added.

The lawyer said Balog, from Slovakia, worked in Ireland for years but lost his job, became homeless, went back to drugs and "went on a spree".

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