Thief jailed for swiping purses from shoppers
A thief who repeatedly stole shoppers' purses while they were doing their grocery shopping has been sentenced to 14 months in prison.
Tammy Reddy (35) said she thought she had beaten a heroin addiction, but the stress of looking after her sick mother caused her to relapse.
A court heard that Reddy distracted female shoppers while they were doing their grocery shopping, and stole the purses from their handbags, which were most often sitting on top of shopping trolleys.
Sentencing Reddy, Judge Brian Sheridan said her offending was the worst he'd come across in a long time.
Reddy, of Greenfort Crescent in Clondalkin, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to nine counts of theft.
Two of the thefts were within hours of each other at Superquinn in Blanchardstown on June 19. Gardai said Reddy stole a wallet containing €200 from a handbag sitting on top of trolley. She returned a few hours later and stole another purse from a handbag.
This time she stole €40 cash, discarding the purse and credit cards, which were recovered.
The court heard Reddy stole €50 from a woman who was shopping in TK Maxx on March 12, a further €100 from a female shopper in Tesco, Clarehall on July 9 and €10 from a diner in McDonalds on July 25.
The court heard Reddy had 66 previous convictions, mostly related to thefts.