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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Thief (21) put clothes in foil-lined bag

Evan Byrne
Evan Byrne

A YOUNG man who walked around a department store placing clothes in a foil-lined bag was stopped by security staff outside the shop, a court heard.

Evan Byrne (21) was with a group of other youths at the time and security staff watched them as they walked round the shop.

Judge David McHugh convicted and fined Byrne €200.

The defendant, with addresses at Hazelwood and Ard Chualann in Bray, Co Wicklow, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to charges of theft and possession of articles for use in a theft.

The incident took place at TK Maxx in Blanchardstown shortly after 4pm last December 9.

Sgt Mary Doherty said Byrne and a number of others walked around the store, placing items of clothing in a foil-lined bag.

She said security staff stopped Byrne outside the shop, where he was caught with the stolen clothing and a foil-lined bag.

The officer said the clothing was worth €276 and was recovered in a saleable condition.

lenient

The court heard that the defendant has 12 previous convictions, though none for theft-related matters.

Defence lawyer Ciaran MacLoughlin said Byrne is a father-of-one and has not been in trouble with the gardai since this incident.

Asking the judge to be lenient, Mr MacLoughlin said Byrne is currently completing a course in design.

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