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Monday 21 April 2014

Security guard let his girlfriend steal from his work, court hears

A SUPERMARKET security guard conspired to let a pair of shoplifters steal from his workplace because he was in a relationship with one of them, a court has heard.

Stephen Cassidy (29) moved a CCTV camera and turned a blind eye while his then-girlfriend and another woman left the store with a large amount of groceries.

The three got away with stealing ¿975 worth of goods in two incidents before Cassidy's bosses at Tesco became suspicious and they were caught.

Dublin District Court heard the theft had been Cassidy's partner's idea, and that the accused had been "incredibly naive and gullible" and had lost his job as a result.

Cassidy, with an address at Grange Lodge Avenue, Clongriffin, pleaded guilty to two counts of theft from Tesco, Fleet Street.

The court heard that the crimes happened on December 6 and 16, when goods worth ¿600 and ¿375 were taken.

A garda sergeant told the hearing that there were three people involved in the thefts including the accused, and that Cassidy, who has no previous convictions, had been working as a security officer when the two women entered the premises and left with ¿600 worth of groceries on the first date.

The store's management then became suspicious that the defendant had not fulfiled his obligations in stopping them.

CCTV

In the second incident, the same two women entered the store while the accused was on duty. But this time, Tesco had brought in another security officer who stopped the pair after they left the supermarket.

"It was the idea of his partner to become involved in this enterprise, and he reluctantly agreed to carry out the deed," Mr Cassidy's solicitor Michael French said.

"It was incredibly naive and gullible of my client to do this. He is incredibly remorseful and he has already been discharged from his position as a result of this incident."

Judge Michael Walsh adjourned the case to next month for the production of a pre-sentence probation report.

aphelan@herald.ie

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