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Tuesday 2 September 2014

Childcare worker stole pet accessories and toys in seven store theft spree

Eimear Cotter

Published 07/05/2014 | 16:41

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The woman was awarded €17,908.

A young mother who went on a shoplifting spree in a Dublin shopping centre hid the items in her toddler's buggy, a court heard.

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Thalita Farrelly (26) went in and out of six different shops and took pet accessories, cards and toys.

Judge Patrick Clyne ordered a probation report and adjourned sentencing to a date in January. The defendant, of Huntstown Avenue in Blanchardstown, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to six counts of theft.

The incidents all took place at Blanchardstown Shopping Centre on July 19 last. Farrelly stole pet accessories, valued at €87, from the Pet Shop; purses and other items, worth €32, from Bon Espresso newsagents; as well as cards worth €7 from Celebrations Card Shop; vitamins from Bradley's Pharmacy; air fresheners totalling €12 from Yankee Candle and toys worth €20 from Imaginarium.

Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan said Farrelly was stopped by security staff as she pushed a buggy with her two-year-old son around the centre.

Defence solicitor Mairead White said Farrelly was on a lot of medication at the time of these incidents, but is now stable.

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