A €69 bottle of Bollinger champagne was stolen from a shop in Cork by a man with a lot of theft convictions and when he was arrested, charged and cautioned he replied to the garda, “It was lovely champagne.”
Garda Jimmy Smiddy charged the 39-year-old man with stealing the champagne from O’Driscoll’s on Ballinlough Road, Cork.
Asked if he had anything to say after caution, Alexander Tabachnic said, “It was lovely champagne.”
That theft and two others have now resulted in a six-month jail term for the accused who has numerous previous theft convictions.
Tabachnic, who had addresses at Anglesea Street, Friar Street and Turner’s Cross in Cork, pleaded guilty to stealing the champagne on September 13 2019.
He also admitted stealing a bottle of Bushmill’s whiskey at Aldi in Cobh on May 30.
Finally, he admitted to visiting Smyth’s toy shop on Maylor Street and stealing a box of Lego costing €77.
Eddie Burke, solicitor, described efforts made by the accused to deal with addiction difficulties but said he had relapsed and fallen back into an old pattern of carrying out thefts, many of them to feed his addiction.