A THIEF who stole goods from a high-end department store had been battling a problem with benzodiazepine tablets, a court heard.
Glen Holmes (22) "can't explain" his behaviour, his solicitor told Dublin District Court, but he had admitted to the charge at the earliest opportunity. Judge Michael Walsh ordered a probation report and adjourned sentencing to a date next month.
The defendant, with an address at Swan Grove, Ranelagh, admitted to stealing goods valued at €360.
The theft took place at Brown Thomas in Grafton Street last November 19.
Sgt Niall Gillooly said Holmes was stopped by security staff and the stolen items were re- covered in a resalable condi- tion.
The court heard Holmes has 10 previous convictions, but they date back a number of years.
Holmes' defence solicitor said he is single and lives with his grandmother.
He completed his Leaving Certificate and had hoped to join the army but he developed a problem with benzodiazepine tablets.
The court heard Holmes is currently unemployed and on social welfare and had no explanation for his behaviour.