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Saturday 14 December 2019

Thief tried to walk out of store while wearing stolen runners

Ross Cahill was ‘under the influence’ when he stole runners
Ross Cahill was ‘under the influence’ when he stole runners

A thief picked up a pair of runners from a display shelf, put them on and walked out of a shop without paying for them, a court heard.

Ross Cahill (25) was later identified as the thief after gardai viewed CCTV footage of the incident.

Judge Miriam Walsh imposed a four-month sentence.

The defendant, of Holywell View, Swords, admitted stealing a pair of runners worth €65 from Elverys Sports, Pavilions Shopping Centre, Swords, on October 17.

Gda Colm Randle told Swords District Court he was called to Elverys on October 18 following reports of a theft the previous day.

Gda Randle said the def-endant, carrying a number of shopping bags, had gone into the shop, picked up a pair of runners that were on display and put them on.

Convictions

He put his old runners in one of the shopping bags and tried to leave with the stolen pair on his feet.

He was stopped by security staff and the runners were recovered in a resalable condition.

The court heard Cahill had 68 previous convictions, including 16 for theft, and was currently serving a four-month sentence.

Defence lawyer Annette Kealy said Cahill had money and did not need to steal the runners.

She added that the defendant had battled problems with tablets and alcohol and was under the influence of substances on the day in question.

The court heard that Cahill, a father-of-two, had the support of his family. He was currently serving a sentence, attending school, going to the gym and getting drugs counselling.

Ms Kealy added that Cahill had "no excuses" for his behaviour.

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