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Serial shoplifter stole charity box

THIS is the serial shoplifter who stole a Concern charity box containing more than €160 from a supermarket.

Leah Heffernan (32) also admitted to stealing a 32in plasma TV and two Nintendo Wiis, worth more than €1,000.

A court heard that Heffernan is serving a four-month sentence suspended for a year.

Heffernan, of Ashington Avenue, Navan Road, Cabra, admitted before Dun Laoghaire District Court to four counts of theft.

Sergeant Peadar McCann said Heffernan went into the organic supermarket on Main Street, Blackrock on December 14 last and stole the Concern charity box.

The sergeant said the defendant was captured on CCTV taking the box, and walking out of the supermarket. There was €163 in small notes and coins in the charity box.

The court heard that three of the thefts committed by Heffernan took place at the start of last year, when her lawyer said she was going through a difficult period.

Sgt McCann said Heffernan entered Tesco, Dundrum on January 2, 2009 and stole two Nintendo Wiis, worth €538.

She returned to Tesco, Dundrum on January 10 and stole a 32in black plasma TV, worth €599.

And on March 30, she again stole from Tesco, Dundrum, this time taking three CDs, as well as fruit and a card, total value of the goods was €35.

Sgt McCann said Heffernan was stopped by security and the property was recovered.

When she was interviewed by gardai, she admitted taking the TV and Nintendo Wiis, which have not been recovered.

The court heard that Heffernan has six previous convictions, including four for theft.

The case was adjourned for Judge Mary Collins' attention to allow her to consider activating the suspended sentence.