A man stole three soccer jerseys from a sports shop in Cork city and today it emerged he had five previous theft convictions.
Patrick McCabe, aged 39, of 17 Illen Court, Togher, Cork, pleaded guilty to the theft of three jerseys with a total value of €210 at Lifestyle Sports in Cork city on October 5, 2018.
Inspector Paul Murphy said the accused went into the store on that date, selected the three jerseys and left without paying for them.
“He placed them in a tinfoil-lined back in order to evade security when leaving the premises,” Inspector Murphy said.
A store detective observed the theft on CCTV and stopped him outside.
Gardaí were called and the accused man remained at the scene where he admitted leaving the store without paying for the soccer jerseys.
Insp. Murphy said he had five previous convictions for theft and five for public order offences. He said the last theft conviction was 2017 and there were two before that in 2010.
Diarmuid Kelleher, solicitor, said the defendant’s mental health was declining at the time. Mr Kelleher said the 39-year-old also had physical health problems.
The solicitor said the defendant was on a plethora of medication at the time but that the medication had since been changed with better effect.
Mr Kelleher also said the property had been recovered.
Judge Con O’Leary convicted and fined him €100 on the theft charge.
In relation to the foil-lined bag adapted for use in the course of the theft, McCabe also pleaded guilty to that. Judge O’Leary said he would take that charge into consideration.