Homeless man who shoplifted toothbrushes gets 18 months
A homeless man who repeatedly stole toothbrushes from a Dublin pharmacy despite being arrested several times has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.
Mareks Treinovskis (32) went into the Grafton Street branch of Boots eight times last year to steal electric toothbrushes and razors worth a total of €4,323.
None of the toothbrushes was ever recovered. However, after one theft, gardaí apprehended Treinovskis outside the store and seized almost €400 worth of stolen razors from him.
At Dublin Circuit Criminal Court yesterday, Judge Melanie Greally asked the investigating garda what had drawn the accused to the Grafton Street branch. The garda replied that Treinovskis "figured out" the security guard at the store did not start work until 11am, and all of the thefts took place between 8.30am and 9am.
Treinovskis pleaded guilty to four counts of theft carried out between February 20 and September 25, 2017.
He was sentenced to 18 months on all counts, backdated to November 11, 2017.