Video: 'Thief' of hanging baskets has until 3pm to come forward or be 'named and shamed' on social media
A FURIOUS shop owner has threatened to "name and shame" a thief who stole his hanging baskets by posting his face online.
Brian Noonan (25), owner of Noonan's Checkout in Terenure, Co Dublin, has said that he will also stick a 2ft long by 1ft wide poster of the thief on his shop's window "for a year if needs be".
His store was robbed of two hanging baskets on Tuesday night, which he says are worth "more than €70 each".
The shop owner said that the thief has until 3pm today to come forward or the poster will go up and the CCTV footage will be shared on Facebook.
Mr Noonan said that the damage done to the outside of the shop and to his business personally meant that the incident was so much worse.
He said he "didn't bother" calling gardai.
"I've given them [the thief] the opportunity to come forward," Mr Noonan told the Herald.
The newsagents had planned to enter Dublin city council's Shop Front competition, which Mr Noonan said they would have "a good chance of winning".
However, now that the baskets are gone, he feels this is in doubt.
"They're what you would call a show basket and a lot of work went into them," he said.
"There's a lot of pride that goes into this and to have some juvenile delinquent choose to do this is so unfortunate."
Mr Noonan wants the thief to return the stolen baskets to his shop and reimburse him for any damage to the items. The businessman also said that if he uncovers the name of the thug who robbed him he will "name and shame them" by placing their name in big bold letters on the poster in the window.
"If I do find out his name I'm going to put that on the poster too, in the biggest writing possible and I'll leave it up there on the shop window for a year, if needs be," he said.
The young entrepreneur said that the theft has left a bad mark on the staff "who put their life and soul into the upkeep of the shop".
He said that it was hard enough to keep a business going after a recession and that the theft would only damage that further.
Mr Noonan also said he doesn't care if people think he is being "petty" in posting the pictures.
"People who say I'm being petty don't realise what it's like.
"It's like if you lose your car outside your own home, how would you feel?" he said.
"My shop has always been complimented for being bright and clean thanks to the flowers out front, so for someone to treat it like this is disgraceful."
Mr Noonan believes that posting the picture online would be a worse fate for the thief than a criminal record.