TWO women who stole a handbag containing over €300 in cash from a supermarket trolley said they were ashamed of, and apologetic for, what they did.
Angela McDonagh of 123 Manor Village, Castlebar, and Kathleen Ryan of 122 Manor Village, Castlebar, appeared before Castlebar District Court, where they admitted stealing a handbag that was on a trolley outside Aldi supermarket in Castlebar.
Inspector Gary Walsh told the court that the victim had been shopping on the afternoon of November 10, 2017 and had inadvertently left her handbag on the hook of her trolley when she left it back to the trolley bay. As she was driving away, she remembered and went back for it. As she did, she saw someone take the bag and drive away.
The handbag contained a purse with €330 along with a mobile phone worth €150 and other items. Insp Walsh said the victim alerted staff in the supermarket and the Gardaí were subsequently contacted. CCTV footage was viewed and the two defendants were identified.
The court heard that none of the items were recovered, but the two defendants paid €110 each when they were apprehended and had a further €100 in court.
Mr Gary Mulchrone, solicitor for Ms McDonagh (27), described the crime as opportunistic. He said the married mother of four children was very apologetic.
Ms Cathy McDarby, solicitor for Ms Ryan (25), told the court that her client was also very embarrassed and ashamed.
Judge Mary Devins noted that some money had been repaid and decided to put sentencing back for a year to see how the two women behave.