TWO women caught with stolen clothing and kitchenware have claimed they took the goods because they were told that "people can steal without getting caught in Ireland".
Karina Kornetova (29) and Irina Volkoveca (21) had stolen clothing from Dunnes Stores but they were caught when they tried to take kitchenware from TK Maxx in Swords.
Defence solicitor Valerie Buckley said the women, who are from Latvia, thought they could get away with stealing because they heard Irish people can do it without getting caught.
Judge Dermot Dempsey ordered the pair to donate €340 to MS Ireland and applied the probation report.
Volkoveca, of Carnegie Court, in Swords, and Kornetova, of Lispopple House, in Swords, admitted before Swords District Court to theft.
Garda Fiona Gleeson said she was called to TK Maxx in the Pavilions Shopping Centre shortly after 2pm on February 13 after security staff stopped two women stealing kitchenware and utensils, worth €80.
Garda Gleeson said the women were searched and found with stolen clothing, worth €240, from Dunnes Stores and sunglasses from Jack and Jones worth €20.
Ms Buckley said the women came to Ireland looking for work and both are working in a fruit factory.
She described the theft as "an act of madness", saying the women heard that people in Ireland can steal without getting caught.
Ms Buckley said the women took items from Dunnes Stores, they were not caught and they then tried it in TK Maxx.
The court heard the women were very embarrassed and the incident had been a severe, sharp shock to them.
Ms Buckley said Kornetova has one child who lives in Latvia and she sends money over to support the child. She said the women have learned their lesson.
Judge Dempsey ordered them to each donate €340 to MS Ireland.