Monday 15 July 2019

Woman stole clothes from charity shop

A woman who stole clothes from a charity shop said she can't give an explanation as to why she did it, a court has heard.

Oana Ciobotaru (29) went into St Vincent de Paul shop on Drogheda Street in Balbriggan and took two blouses worth €5 and €7 and walked out of the shop with the items, making no attempt to pay for them.

She was arrested a short time later but has since returned the stolen items, Balbriggan District Court heard.

The defendant, of Laragh Street in Balbriggan, pleaded guilty to the theft of the items worth €12 from the shop on May 11.

She has already received the Probation Act for a similar theft, the court heard.

The defendant has also written a letter of apology to the shop.

Defence solicitor Bernard Stobie said the 29-year-old who is married, can't explain why she stole the items.

'She did write a letter of apology and returned the stolen items,' said Mr Stobie, adding that he has conveyed the seriousness of the offence and the aggravating factor that it was a charity shop she stole from.

Judge Dermot Dempsey said the defendant had 'better come up with a very substantial contribution to St Vincent de Paul - otherwise she is facing custody'.

After letting the case stand, Mr Stobie said the defendant has €300 which she is willing to donate to the shop.

The defendant also made an open apology in court. 'I apologise. I am very sorry,' the defendant said. Once the charitable contribution was handed over, Judge Dempsey applied Section 1.1 of the Probation Act.

Fingal Independent