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A shop sign at a branch of TK Maxx, the discount clothing shop in  London, Friday March 30, 2007. Hackers stole the bank card details of millions of British and American shoppers in what is thought to be the world's biggest ever credit card heist.The crooks extracted at least 45.7 million credit and debit card numbers from the US and UK-based computer systems of the American retailer that owns bargain chain TK Maxx. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)...F

A shop sign at a branch of TK Maxx, the discount clothing shop in London, Friday March 30, 2007. Hackers stole the bank card details of millions of British and American shoppers in what is thought to be the world's biggest ever credit card heist.The crooks extracted at least 45.7 million credit and debit card numbers from the US and UK-based computer systems of the American retailer that owns bargain chain TK Maxx. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)...F

A shop sign at a branch of TK Maxx, the discount clothing shop in London, Friday March 30, 2007. Hackers stole the bank card details of millions of British and American shoppers in what is thought to be the world's biggest ever credit card heist.The crooks extracted at least 45.7 million credit and debit card numbers from the US and UK-based computer systems of the American retailer that owns bargain chain TK Maxx. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)...F

A WOMAN who stole items of clothing from a Swords department store has been convicted and fined a total of €250.

Lena Lawrence (32) stole €26.98 worth of clothing in what her solicitor described as "a moment of madness". She had been suffering from post-natal depression.

Lawrence, of St Margaret's Park, Ballymun, pleaded guilty to the theft from TK Maxx at The Pavilions Shopping Centre last April 29. She also pleaded guilty to being in possession of a hook for removing security tags on the same date.

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Sgt Bob Kavanagh told Swords District Court that at around 5.50pm Lawrence entered the department store and was observed by security staff removing tags from items of clothing before leaving the shop without paying.

All of the items were recovered.

The defence solicitor explained that the married mother-of-two had "little or no sleep the previous night" as her baby is suffering from an illness.

"It was a moment of madness and she was suffering from post-natal depression," the solicitor said, adding that the defendant used an implement on her keyring to remove the security tags.

Judge Dempsey convicted and fined Lawrence and warned her that she "cannot hide behind medical conditions for ever".