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Thursday 21 November 2019

Woman stole €6,600 of designer handbags from Brown Thomas

The Grafton Street store
The Grafton Street store

A woman who stole nearly €6,600 worth of designer goods from Brown Thomas and then sold them on the street for "relatively small money" has been jailed for nine months.

Ellavita Flynn (25) went into the Grafton Street store and took the goods without paying, four times in the space of two weeks.

She was caught leaving on the last occasion with a €2,280 Louis Vuitton handbag, the only item to be recovered.

Flynn, of Deerpark Lodge, Tallaght, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to stealing a €395 Michael Kors watch, a €2,400 Prada handbag, a €1,490 Gucci handbag and the Louis Vuitton bag between December 19, 2017 and January 2, 2018.

Her three previous convictions were all for theft.

Passing sentence yesterday, Judge Elma Sheahan said she had placed Flynn on a six-month probation bond last February. While on this bond she had come before the District Court on a number of similar charges.

Judge Sheahan said she was in custody at her own request. She was on a methadone programme and wanted to complete a hairdressing course.

The judge said the Probation Service judged Flynn to be at a high risk of re-offending in the next 12 months.

She said the case was aggravated by the seriousness of the offences, the previous convictions for theft and the similar charges before the court.

Judge Sheahan said the mitigating factors were Flynn's plea of guilty, her remorse, her engagement with services in custody, her family support and the fact the offences were committed "against a backdrop of addiction and homelessness".

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She sentenced Flynn to 12 months imprisonment, but suspended the final three months for six months on strict conditions, including that she follow all directions of the Probation Service for six months after her release.

At an earlier hearing, Det Gda Joseph Heaphy said Brown Thomas had high-quality CCTV footage of Flynn taking the goods on each occasion.

The detective said €4,249 worth of goods were not recovered, and Flynn had sold these on the street for "relatively small money".

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