Sunday 18 February 2018

Man who stole to support himself is jailed

Nicola Donnelly

A MAN who became a 'serial thief' stealing goods to sell  in order to support himself has been sentenced to four months in prison.

Luksas Donatas with an address at Castle Gate Grove, Adamstown in Dublin pleaded guilty to the theft of €1,654.71 worth of computer games from Tesco at Millfield Shopping Centre in Balbriggan on November 27th, 2012.

Inspector Kieran Houlihan gave evidence that gardai received a call from the supermarket after security caught Donatas with the 29 computer games concealed in a black bag lined with tinfoil.

He said Donatas, who has seven previous convictions including similar thefts in Gorey and Cork, is currently in custody serving a sentence for another matter.

Defence solicitor Mr Sean Brown said the 20-year-old Lithuanian, who is not long in the country, has “no excuse” for his behaviour.

“The crime speaks for itself,” said Mr Brown. “He started to rob items to sell them to get money. There was no intelligence about the act – he was naive and it was clear from CCTV footage that he was going to get caught as he wasn't discreet.”

Judge Dermot Dempsey disagreed and replied “He was intelligent enough to have a bag with him” and sentenced Donatas.

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