Foil lined bag commonly used for shoplifting

A Portlaoise man who had in his possession the type of foil-lined bag commonly used by shoplifters appeared before last week’s district court in Portlaoise.

A Portlaoise man who had in his possession the type of foil-lined bag commonly used by shoplifters appeared before last week’s district court in Portlaoise.

Eoin Connolly, 3 Oak Lawn, was charged with possession of certain articles. Inspector Aidan Farrelly gave evidence that Connolly entered Lifestyle Sports, Portlaoise Shopping Centre, on August 18 last year, where he was detected with a shopping bag lined with foil.

“It’s used by shoplifters,” Insp Farrelly said.

Connolly has 15 previous convictions, for drugs, theft and robberies.

Defence, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick said Connolly had been taking tablets at the time and had limited recollection of the offence.

Judge Catherine Staines imposed a six-month sentence, suspended for two years on his own bond of €100. A condition of the bond is that he must abstain from all illegal substances.

Also before the court was Melissa McInerney, 5 Silverglen, Mountmellick, who was charged with two counts of theft from Pennys, Laois Shopping Centre, on August 26 this year.

Insp Farrelly gave evidence that McInerney entered Pennys and stole a pair of brown boots, a pair of leggings and a vest top, with a total value of €20. All property was recovered.

McInerney has four previous convictions, including theft and assault.

McInerney was given 150 hours’ community service in lieu of six months in prison.

And also appearing was Shane McGrath, of Clonterry, Mountmellick, who was charged with theft from TK Maxx, Kyle Centre, Portlaoise, on August 29.

Insp Farrelly said McGrath stole a pair of lady’s boots, valued at €54.99.

McGrath has previous convictions for drugs and road traffic matters.

Defence, Mr Philip Meagher said his client had required money in a hurry as there had been a delay with his social welfare. A friend of his said she wanted the boots, so he was going to sell them to her.

McGrath was given 150 hours’ community service in lieu of six months in prison.