'Come near me and I will knife you': Jail for Cork man who shoplifted and then threatened store detective 

'Come near me and I will knife you': Jail for Cork man who shoplifted and then threatened store detective 

The man admitted stealing clothes from a sports shop and then pulling a knife on a security officer who followed him out on to the street.

A total jail term of 15 months was imposed on a man who shoplifted and then threatened the store detective outside the store with the words, “Come near me and I will knife you.” 

Judge Olann Kelleher imposed the jail term on Robert Cambridge who noted that the defendant’s theft convictions now totalled to 22.

Frank Buttimer, solicitor, said at Cork District Court, that while the accused was pleading guilty to several thefts and related charges there were mitigating factors, notably the plea of guilty to all charges and the fact that the accused man had significant addictions. 

Finally, he asked the judge to take into consideration the efforts made by the accused to get into rehabilitation which had not proved possible because of Covid 19.

Cambridge admitted stealing clothes from a sports shop and then pulling a knife on a security officer who followed him out on to the street.

Sergeant Pat Lyons said the culprit said, “Come near me and I will knife you.” 

Robert Cambridge of 112 Comeragh Park, The Glen, Cork, appeared by video link from prison yesterday.

“On August 22 at Sports Direct in Blackpool Retail Park there was a report of a theft and that the defendant left without paying for the goods good.

“A member of store staff followed him a short distance on to Dublin Street where it is alleged that Robert Cambridge turned and said he had no money,” Sgt. Lyons said.

The defendant then produced a yellow-handled knife and threatened the member of staff.

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