A SERIAL thief stole a bag with documents related to her victim's work with a national cancer organisation, a court heard.
Kathleen Comerford (53), who had 125 previous convictions, was jailed for three months for what was described as a "particularly nasty" theft.
Garda Lisa Young told Dublin District Court she saw Comerford enter a Dublin shop, look around and try on a coat.
The garda then saw her take a black leather bag belonging to the victim. The bag contained items related to the victim's work for a national cancer organisation.
Comerford was arrested and the property was returned to the owner. She also had long-standing alcohol difficulties and the theft was committed to fund this, her barrister said. She also had health issues she was anxious about.
Comerford, of Sean O'Casey Avenue in the north inner city, accepted that her record was "appalling", her barrister added.
Judge Grainne O'Neill said it was a "particularly nasty" crime because of the personal nature of items taken and the potential loss to the victim.
Comerford pleaded guilty to stealing the bag and contents at TK Maxx at the Ilac Centre on February 19 last.