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Shoplifter jailed after stealing 27 handbags from one store


Calvin Cunningham had struggled with drug addictions

Calvin Cunningham had struggled with drug addictions

Calvin Cunningham had struggled with drug addictions

A shoplifter who stole 27 handbags from one shop has been jailed for 15 months.

Calvin Cunningham (25) had been struggling with heroin and crack cocaine addictions when he carried out the thefts in Dublin city centre.

Judge Colin Daly handed down the sentence at Dublin District Court.

Cunningham, of George's Hill Apartments, Halston Street, Dublin 7, pleaded guilty to multiple counts of theft.

The court heard he went to River Island on January 23 last year and took 27 handbags with a combined value of €859.

He also stole goods including a dress worth €800 from Zara last October 30 and was found in possession of other stolen property, including accessories from Aldi and a dress from Fat Face.


The accused had 34 previous convictions for offences including theft.

He was already serving a sentence when he appeared in court in custody.

Cunningham had suffered serious addiction issues and had been abusing heroin, crack cocaine and tablets, his solic- itor said.

His parents had both been addicted to heroin and he had seen them using the drug when he was growing up.

Cunningham turned to theft to fund a habit he could not break. He has since detoxed.

He was hoping to change his life around when he got out of prison, and could live with his father, who had given up drugs.

Cunningham's partner was also in custody, and he was hoping to get back with her when she got out of prison, the court heard.

Sentencing him, Judge Daly backdated the sentences to last October.

He made some concurrent and others consecutive.