Store worker caught stealing € 3,000 worth of electrical products during “routine bag check”
A store worker was caught stealing more than € 3,000 worth of electrical goods during a routine bag check in the store.
ark Byrne (26) was in a ‘bad situation’ when he picked up the items from his workplace at an electrical store in West Dublin.
He was fined € 250 after Blanchardstown District Court learned he had since paid compensation.
Byrne, of Woodview Heights, Lucan, pleaded guilty to two counts of theft of goods at DID Electrical, Lucan Road.
He stole goods worth € 1,109 on January 18, 2020 and goods worth € 2,149 on January 20.
Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan said Judge David McHugh’s agents visited the store at a later date and the manager informed them of the thefts by an employee.
Gardaí learned that a routine bag check was carried out before employees left work in the evening.
When registering his bag, Byrne had in his possession € 2,149 of electrical appliances. The court heard that he had made no attempt to pay them.
Byrne recognized the thefts when he was detained and questioned by Gardaí.
The court heard that “this had happened several times”. Byrne had no previous convictions.
Defense attorney William Cadogan said Byrne was working at DID at the time of the thefts.
He had drug addiction issues and was in a “very bad situation,” Mr. Cadogan said.
He had learned a healthy lesson from the affair and had been solving his drug addiction problems ever since.
Since the charges were brought to court, Byrne had paid compensation to DID, Cadogan added.
The case was a “fly in the ointment” for Byrne, who had never been in trouble before, the judge said.
He told the accused that it was a complete breach of trust for someone to rob their employer, but that he would deal with it with a fine.
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