A Lithanian man who has fallen on hard times and who claims he just wants to make enough money to get back to his home country appeared before Naas District Court last Thursday, August 2.
Marijus Vileikius whose address is listed as 72 B Apartment 4 Summerhill, Dublin 1 was arrested after he caught by security guards last July 13 at Tesco on the Blessington Road, Naas attempting to steal three smart phones worth a total of €299.97.
The court heard that he had entered the shop with a bag lined with tinfoil, in an attempt to evade security.
And on June 19 at Dunnes Stores, Newbridge he did the same thing, and attempted to leave with eight one-litre bottles of Hennessy.
On both occasions the property recovered.
The defendant is, the court heard, 23 years old and wants to leave the county.
He arrived in Ireland thinking he would be get work on the construction industry. He has no English.
Having no income, he turned to petty crime to fund his ticket home, the court heard.
“He’s very apologetic,” his solicitor told the court.
Judge Patrick Clyne ordered that he be remanded in custody for the next two weeks, and that once released, he must leave the country within 72 hours.