Judge warns thief she'll go to jail for next offence

A TRALEE woman was warned that her days of "pleading guilty to theft were well and truly over," after Mallow District Court heard she had 15 previous theft convictions.

Inspector Tony Sugrue told the court last week that Margaret Breen went into the Supervalu in Newmarket on September 14, 2012 where she took groceries off the shelf and then pretended she had bought them earlier and wanted to exchange them for cigarettes.

However, when Kanturk gardai caught up with her, she readily admitted what she had done.

There were two charges before the court, one for making gain or causing loss by deception, which the State struck out. However, for the charge of theft, Judge Sheridan issued a 120 day jail sentence, which he suspended for two years.

Inspector Sugrue said Ms Breen of 57 Mitchels Avenue, Tralee had 15 previous convictions, which were all for theft.

Her solicitor said that his client's plan "was not of the greatest degree of creativity" and added: "There is no getting away from her previous convictions."

Judge Sheridan warned the 43 year-old woman that she was edging towards a jail sentence.

"My warning is this; if she comes before me again, then I will send her to jail for 120 days. I mean her days of pleading are well and truly over," said Judge Sheridan.


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