Once you pop, you can’t stop, appears to have been the modus operandi in a burglary at a shop in the early hours of the morning.
Gardaí arrived at the scene at 3 a.m. to find a large stash of Pringles snack crisps outside a window of the Unity shop on Lower Glanmire Road, Cork.
The suspect was found after a search of the area – hiding behind a large local authority flower pot on the street.
Garda Brian O’Sullivan testified at Cork District Court that he saw a number of large boxes containing tubes of Pringles outside the shop.
The snatched snacks had a total value of €135, Garda O’Sullivan confirmed today.
33-year-old defendant, George Arundel, of no fixed address was charged with carrying out the burglary.
Sergeant Gearóid Davis said gardaí were opposed to bail being granted to the accused.
Garda O’Sullivan said a window of the premises was open when gardaí arrived. It was not known when the window was opened but there was no criminal damage caused at the scene.
The boxes of Pringles tubes were recovered at the scene.
Garda O’Sullivan alleged that the accused man was “hiding behind a flower pot” in the area early on Thursday morning.
Judge Olann Kelleher was told that the accused was homeless and sleeping rough.
Shane Collins-Daly, defence solicitor, asked the guard about the window and Garda O’Sullivan replied, “I am not sure if it was open at the time, it was open when he left.” Mr Collins-Daly said Arundel told him that the window was open when he was passing.
The solicitor said the defendant was sleeping in a tent in the Lee fields and gardaí knew where he was.
Arundel said he had approached St. Vincent’s hostel on Anglesea Terrace about getting a bed there. He also said that he was trying to get on to Christian rehabilitation programme in Tipperary to deal with alcoholism.
He said he would turn up in court if granted bail and he would not commit any offences on bail.
Judge Kelleher said he would give the defendant a goal and put the case back until Friday for progress on his efforts to get accommodation in St. Vincent’s.
“It is up to you to make some effort. If you do nothing about it you will end up in custody,” the judge warned.