A man was caught stealing sunglasses from a parked car when he returned to the vehicle to retrieve his mobile phone after he left it there during the theft, a court has heard.
Stephen Moore, formerly of Knockfree Avenue, Fairhill, Cork, pleaded guilty to getting into two parked cars on the same evening and stealing the glasses from one of them and taking money from a van on an earlier occasion.
Defence solicitor Frank Buttimer said: “He was under the influence of drugs at the time.
“Such was the state of his hopeless addiction that these were inept attempts.
“He gave the money back. He gave the sunglasses back.
“It was bound to fail because of the ineptitude.”
Mr Buttimer said that the offences dated back from a long time ago.
He said one of the reasons the cases had not come to court before now was that the accused had been living in the UK.
Judge Olann Kelleher imposed a two-month sentence on the first charge of interfering with a car, and he imposed a concurrent six-month sentence for stealing from the parked van.
However, the judge suspended the sentences.
Sergeant Gearóid Davis outlined the background to the offences: “On June 5, 2017, after midnight, gardaí received a report of a man sitting in a car at Knockpogue Avenue, Farraranee.
“This man — Stephen Moore — had returned to the scene, having left his mobile phone in this vehicle.
“On being arrested by Garda Orla Coakley, Stephen Moore handed over a pair of sunglasses he had taken from the car.
“There was no damage caused.”
In an earlier incident on May 17, 2017, a wallet was stolen from a van on South Mall, Cork.
A witness told the van driver, who then ran down and stopped the defendant outside the Oliver Plunkett bar.
He did give the wallet back when the owner demanded it, but it was missing €170 and bank cards.
The culprit then ran away.
Once again, Gda Orla Coakley arrested him shortly afterwards.