Friday 15 December 2017

Judge orders mum to stay out of Blackrock

Woman accused of targeting city suburb's shopping centres to steal goods is banned

A MOTHER-of-two accused of stealing wallets and handbags from shoppers in Blackrock has been ordered by a judge to stay out of the southside village.

Ann Gavin (40) is alleged to have stolen over €1,700 in cash, mobile phones and other property from shoppers, during two day-long shoplifting sprees.

She is alleged to have targeted the female shoppers while they were going about their business in the Blackrock and Frascati shopping centres.

As part of her conditions of bail, a judge ordered her to stay out of the two shopping centres, and to stay away from Blackrock.

Gavin, with an address at Ballybough Road, Dublin, appeared before Dun Laoghaire District Court charged with seven counts of theft.

It is alleged that Gavin stole handbags and purses from four women as they did their Christmas shopping in Marks & Spencer and Superquinn in Blackrock on December 11.

On this occasion, the value of the bags, car keys, credit cards and cash allegedly stolen by Gavin amounts to just over €1,000.

It is alleged that Gavin, who is unemployed, returned to Blackrock on February 25, and stole handbags, cash and a Blackberry mobile phone from three shoppers, again as they shopped in Marks & Spencer and Superquinn.



Serious

The alleged value of these thefts is just under €700.

Gardai objected to bail, claiming these thefts from the person were serious matters.

Defence solicitor Ronnie Lynam claimed it would be inappropriate for bail to be refused, as the alleged thefts are at the lower end of offending behaviour that comes before the courts.

Judge John Lindsay granted bail, subject to a cash lodgement of €150.

The judge also ordered that the accused must sign on daily at Store Street Garda Station, and stay out of Blackrock.

Gavin did not have the cash in court, and she was remanded in custody with consent to bail, to appear before the court in a week's time.

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