Christmas 'shopper' stole items to give as presents

A MAN who stole his Christmas presents has been ordered to pay for them by Judge Donnchadh O Buachalla.

Kestutis Grazys (27), of 29 Pairc Cluain, Mulgannon, was charged with shoplifting on three separate occasions in Wexford town.

He stole toiletries and perfume worth €80 from Shaw's, North Main Street, on December 21 last and he stole perfume worth €76 from the same store on Christmas Eve, December 24. None of these items were recovered.

Grazys also stole toiletries worth €66 from McCormack's Pharmacy, Selskar, on January 6, but these were later recovered.

Inspector Pat McDonald told Judge O Buachalla that Grazys has 15 previous convictions and the most recent of these was a suspended four-month sentence last June for breaching a barring order. Charges of trespassing and theft were taken into consideration.

Ed King, for Grazys, said his client is back living with his parents in Mulgannon and is now healthier than he had previously been when he was ' heavily involved with drugs and drink'.

'He seems to have settled down since then,' said Mr King. He also said that Grazys said he stole the products to give as Christmas presents. He said his client is on disability benefit.

Inspector McDonald said he has not come to their attention since these offences.

Judge O Buachalla adjourned the case until November 1 and said he expects Grazys to produce the full compensation for the unrecovered items stolen from Shaw's on that date.

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