Serial thief jailed for stealing TVs, steaks and chocolate
A serial thief who stole four TVs worth €1,500 from a supermarket was seen on CCTV leaving by the fire exit and getting into a car.
Luke Harris (33) was caught by gardai the next day when they saw him in the same car, a court heard.
Judge David McHugh gave him a 16-month prison sentence after he admitted a series of theft charges.
Harris, of Melrose Grove, Clondalkin, admitted stealing four Sharp 20-inch LED TVs from Tesco on Maynooth Road, Celbridge, Co Kildare, on July 4 last year.
Blanchardstown District Court heard he was seen on CCTV leaving the shop by the fire exit and getting into a Volkswagen Polo. He was apprehended the next day, but the TVs were not recovered.
Harris also admitted stealing steaks worth €86 from Lidl, Fonthill Retail Park, Clondalkin, last February 7.
He also stole bedding and Ferrero Rocher chocolates, the court heard.
Harris had a "serious, serious drug addiction", his lawyer said.
When questioned by gardai about the TVs, he said he was fully aware that what he was doing was wrong but he "can't help himself", the lawyer said.
Harris had been addicted to crack cocaine and heroin and had done "everything possible" to get clean.
He had succeeded in the past and there was light at the end of the tunnel.
"If you scratch beneath the surface, there is a good gentleman there," his lawyer said.
Judge McHugh said the criminality level was "extraordinary".
"It is long and protracted and covers many charges," he said. "There are victims here too and they have their rights."
As well as jailing him, he fined the Harris €500 for driving offences and banned him from driving for two years.