Sunglasses thief left own shades in the shop
A man who walked out of an airport shop wearing a pair of sunglasses he had tried on has admitted a theft charge.
Lee O'Brien (31) left his own sunglasses in the shop and walked out with the new pair without paying.
Judge Bryan Smyth adjourned the case and told him to pay €191 for the glasses, which were damaged and unsaleable.
O'Brien, of Kilkiernan Court, Cabra, pleaded guilty to theft.
Gda Robert English told Dublin District Court that the accused went into the shop at Dublin Airport on May 17 last year and took the sunglasses.
He passed all points of payment and was stopped by security.
The sunglasses were recovered and returned to the store but were not in a saleable condition as there was slight damage to one of the lenses. O'Brien had left his own pair in the shop.
He did not realise the glasses he stole were damaged, and did not have the money in court, his solicitor Declan Fahy said.
O'Brien had previous convictions.
Judge Smyth adjourned the case to later this month for payment of compensation.