Sunday 17 December 2017

Single mum stole from store three times in 12 days

Andrew Phelan

A SINGLE mother who stole cosmetics three times from the same pharmacy at Christmas did not realise she had been seen by staff getting into her car and driving off.

Student Ciara Lee (23) thought she had got away with the first theft when she returned twice and did the same thing.

Blanchardstown District Court heard she had made herself "easy to identify" and was tracked down through her car registration and CCTV footage.

Judge David McHugh adjourned the case and said he would consider giving her a suspended sentence if she paid full compensation to the shop.

Lee, with an address at Mill Pond Apartments, Clondalkin, pleaded guilty to stealing cosmetics worth €262 at Boots, Liffey Valley Shopping Centre on December 17, 28 and 29 last year.

Sgt Maria Callaghan told the court the defendant took the property the first time, and staff saw the registration of her car, which was passed on to gardai.

She was seen leaving in the same car twice more and it was registered to her. She was also identified from CCTV.

Lee had previous motoring convictions.

After the first time, she believed she had been successful and returned and committed the other two thefts.

"Because she was not apprehended, she went back again, totally unaware of the reality that she was being observed," solicitor Fiona Brennan said.

Judge McHugh said Lee was facing was a jail sentence if she did not pay compensation. He adjourned the case to March 27.

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