Man fined for stealing almost €400 of clothing from Penneys

March 31, 2023

A man who stole almost €400 worth of clothing and make up from Penneys has been fined.

Gardai were called to Letterkenny Shopping Centre, on January 26, 2023 after a man had been detained by security guards.

John Looby was found with the stolen items concealed under his clothes.

Looby, a 40-year-old of Drumbarnett, Manorcunningham, appeared before Letterkenny District Court
charged with theft.

The items of clothing and make up had a total value of €384.95.

Sergeant Jim Collins told the court that the incident was captured on CCTV and Looby made full
admissions. The accused handed over the goods when apprehended.

Solicitor for Looby, Mr Rory O’Brien, said his client was ‘very embarrassed’ and had ‘very little
recollection’ of the incident.

“He completely understands what he did, but not why,” Mr O’Brien said, adding that Looby suffered a
brain injury 12 years ago which affects his mood and rational thoughts.

Mr O’Brien said: “He describes this as ‘episodic’.

The goods were recovered and were resell-able, the court was told.

Judge Éiteáin Cunningham fined the accused €150 and given five months to pay.