A crack-cocaine addict is said to have stolen TVs and vacuum cleaners to fund his £500-a-day habit during a high-value crime spree, the Supreme Court heard.
Esmond Savage, 46, is also accused of deliberately stealing jewelery and perfume from retailers in Northern Ireland over a period of five months.
A judge was told he had made admissions and apologized for his actions.
Savage, of Downe Avenue in Downpatrick, faces 14 counts of theft or attempted theft between January and May this year.
The charges cover thousands of pounds worth of jewellery, televisions, vacuum cleaners, pressure washers, clothing, alcoholic beverages, perfume, aftershave and tanning lotion stocked in a number of stores.
When Savage filed for bail, prosecutor Michael Wilson claimed, “This was a crime series[with]over a dozen thefts of high-value items … several occurred in the middle of the afternoon.”
According to Mr Wilson, the accused made a full confession during police questioning.
“He has apologized and explained that he stole the items to fuel his crack cocaine addiction,” the attorney added.
“He told police it was costing him £500 a day.”
Richard McConkey, defending himself, agreed that his client had been open about the motivation for the alleged crimes.
“He went into a cycle of addiction … but he’s effectively gone cold and is now off drugs,” Mr McConkey added.
Lord Justice McCloskey adjourned the case and requested further information before making a decision on Savage’s release from custody.
https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/courts/crack-cocaine-addict-stole-tv-sets-and-vacuum-cleaners-to-feed-500-a-day-drug-habit-court-told-42007262.html Crack cocaine addict stole TV sets and vacuum cleaners to feed £500 a day drug habit, court told