Man who stole groceries four times had ‘casual attitude’ to using self-service tills, court heard

Judge applied the Probation Act, leaving the man without convictions after he paid compensation



2 August 2022 | 0

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A man who stole groceries on four separate occasions, had adopted “a casual attitude” to using self-service tills, a court heard.

Nicolae Plesca (39), a construction worker from Achill Road, Drumcondra, pleaded guilty to stealing clothes and groceries on four occasions at Tesco Clarehall earlier this year.

Dublin District Court heard Plesca stole €112 worth of groceries on 2 April, €150 worth of goods on 9 April, €97 worth on 16 April and €119 worth on 23 April.

The court heard the goods were not recovered in the first three thefts but Plesca was stopped on the fourth time. He had no previous convictions.

Defence solicitor Matthew Kenny said Plesca was using the self-service tills and had made some attempts to scan his bank card, and to alert staff before he left.

He admitted he was “far from certain he had paid for the goods”, Kenny said, adding that Plesca had taken a “rather casual attitude” to his interactions in the shop.

The accused should “simply have left if there was a problem with the machines,” Kenny added.

Sunday World reports the value of goods was €479 but €119 of that was recovered, so the total loss was €370.

Judge Treasa Kelly applied the Probation Act, leaving Plesca without convictions after he paid compensation.

“You went back to the shop on a number of occasions and did the same trick on each occasion,” Judge Kelly said.



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