Thief who stole groceries placed on probation bond for one year
A SERIAL thief who stole nearly €1,000 worth of groceries from a Swords supermarket twice within three days has been placed on a Probation Bond for one year.
Caroline Collins (34) went into Dunnes Stores at The Pavilions Shopping Centre where she loaded up a trolley with €392.19 worth of groceries. She past all points of payment and made no effort to pay for the goods, Swords District Court heard.
She was stopped by security staff and later arrested by gardai.
Two days prior to this, she went into the same supermarket and stole €600 worth of groceries. After her arrest for the second theft, she was identified on CCTV for the first theft.
Collins, of Cara Park, Belcamp Lane in Coolock pleaded guilty to the theft of €992.19 worth of groceries from Dunnes Stores on October 23rd and October 25th, 2016.
She has 14 previous convictions, including seven for thefts.
Her solicitor told the court the defendant has had a ‘ hard life.’
‘She was married but the relationship was abusive and she has since divorced him,’ the solicitor said, explaining that as a member of the Travelling community, the defendant didn’t receive any support from her community following the divorce as they don’t condone divorce.
At a previous court sitting, Judge Dermot Dempsey said the defendant has already received the benefit of the Probation Act, community service and a suspended sentence.
He had ordered a Probation Report which was presented in court but the Probation Services requested a further remand.
On hearing the defendant has paid €600 in compensation to the supermarket and on reading a positive Probation Report, Judge Brian O’shea placed the defendant on a Probation Bond for one year.