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Thief ran off with chair on display outside shop

A THIEF who ran off with a chair which was on display outside a hardware shop was stopped by the shop owner's brother, a court heard.

Dylan Murphy (27) was running down Patrick Street in Dun Laoghaire when the shop owner's brother saw him with the chair, and stopped him.

Judge John Lindsay ordered a probation report and adjourned sentencing to October.

The defendant, of Wolfe Tone Avenue in Dun Laoghaire, admitted before Dun Laoghaire District Court to stealing a chair from Costello Expert Hardware in Dun Laoghaire on September 16, 2013.

Garda Christopher Daly said Murphy took the chair which was on display outside the shop.

Gda Daly said he was heading down Patrick's Street when the shop owner's brother saw him, realised what had happened and stopped him.

Murphy also walked out of Lifestyle Sports, Dun Laoghaire on August 15, 2013 with an Adidas polo shirt, valued at €38.

Gda Brian Whitney said Murphy went into the changing room with the top, removed the security tag and then walked out of the shop wearing the top under his hoodie. The court heard that the defendant has 60 previous convictions.

Defence solicitor Ronnie Lynam said Murphy, who is unemployed, has battled a heroin problem for a number of years.

Mr Lynam said the defendant, a father-of-two, is now stabilised on methadone.

He said the defendant is also providing clean urines and is receiving drugs counselling.

Mr Lynam said Murphy is hoping to get into a treatment centre.

He asked the judge to order a probation report, saying Murphy would benefit from working with the probation services.

Mr Lynam also said it appeared as if Murphy was making some progress in dealing with his drug addiction.