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$600 holiday cash stolen by grandad

A GRANDFATHER who stole a shop assistants's holiday spending money when he snatched her wallet while she worked has had a warrant issued for his arrest.

James Comerford took the wallet with $600 the victim had just bought at a bureau de change for a US trip.

Judge Victor Blake issued the warrant when Comerford failed to appear in Dublin District Court for the hearing.

Comerford, (44) of Cushlawn Close, Tallaght, was found guilty of theft at a shop at Nutgrove Shopping Centre on July 27 last year.

The victim told the court the wallet was on a shelf under the counter where cash register was.

She noticed a man coming in but had to go to get something for a customer as the shop was busy. When she returned, the man was gone, as was her wallet.

She never got the money back.

Comerford was in a "vicious circle" of drugs and offending, his lawyer said. He had two grown-up children and five grandchildren.

Judge Blake convicted Comerford and issued the warrant to have him brought before the court for sentencing.