Man stole clothes to try clear his debts

Published 19/03/2014 | 05:20

A MAN who got into debt resorted to trying to steal clothes and sell them for cash, the district court head last week.

Tomas Zagelis, 104A Barrack Street, admitted thefts from Heatons and Aldi.

Judge Flann Brennan was told that on August 21, Zagelis stole clothes worth €72 by putting them in a satchel but he was caught by store security.

On October 21, Zagelis took a bottle of whiskey from Aldi, Ramparts and was identified on CCTV.

He has previous convictions for traffic offences.

Solicitor Sean T. O'Reilly said his client has been in Ireland for ten years and had 'got into some debt difficulties' last year and was abusing alcohol.

The solicitor said his client had intended stealing clothes to sell on for cash.

Mr. O'Reilly said Zagelis has 'turned his life around' and has managed to get a job, which is 'not very well paid but he's happy with it because he has his future back again'.

He didn't think Zagelis would be in court again and the debts have been paid off.

Judge Brennan said that, because the property was recovered, he would dismiss the charges under the probation act.

The Argus

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