Limerick charity shop thief faces prison term

David Hurley

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David Hurley

A HEARTLESS thief who stole items of clothing from a charity store in the city centre has been told if he commits any further offences he will go to prison.

A HEARTLESS thief who stole items of clothing from a charity store in the city centre has been told if he commits any further offences he will go to prison.

Timmy Casey, aged 36, of Clonglong, Southill pleaded guilty to stealing a number of tee shirts from the Limerick Animal Welfare store on Parnell Street on September 17, last.

Sgt Donal Cronin, Henry Street, told Limerick Court a women who entered the store with Casey on the date of the offence distracted staff members while he took the clothing, which was worth around €20.

The property, he said, was never recovered.

During the same court hearing, Casey also pleaded guilty to stealing €365 in cash from another neabye shop on the same day.

Sgt Cronin said Casey stole the money after he entered an office at the rear of the Stop n’ Shop premises and forced open a cash register.

Casey also pleaded guilty to stealing a packet of cigarettes, worth €9.20, from the Amber petrol station at Old Cork Road on August 26, last.

“He refused to pay and he left the store,” said Sgt Cronin who added that the incident was caught on CCTV.

Solicitor Ted McCarthy said his client has a “long history of drug and alcohol problems” and he told the court the majority of Casey’s 82 previous convictions were for “petty nature type crimes”.

However Judge Eugene O’Kelly rejected the sumbission saying there was “nothing petty” about the offence at Stop n’ Shop as there was “no prospect of [the owner] getting the money back”.

Mr McCarthy agreed that his client had gone “out of control” for a period but he said he had paid for the cigarettes the day after the offence.

Judge O’Kelly was told the defendant is currently serving a prison sentence in relation to separate burglary offence and that he is not due to be released until early next year.

The judge imposed a ten month prison sentence in relation to the offence at Stop n’Shop, which hes suspended for two years on condition Casey stays out of trouble.

“It is up to him whether or not he wants to ho back to jail when he is released,” he said.

The judge imposed €100 fines in relation to each of the other offences.