DNA leads to conviction of thief who stole cosmetics from Boots
Published: 25 Oct 2012 08:28
A shoplifter used a foil-lined bag to steal over £360 worth of cosmetics from Boots but was caught when he dropped a bag containing socks and training shoes bearing his DNA.
Pearce McCullough was sentenced to five months in prison when he appeared at Fermanagh Court, but was released on £500 bail pending the outcome of an appeal against the jail term.
He admitted having the foil-lined bag in connection with a theft and stealing cosmetics worth £361.74.
A prosecutor told the court that on Friday, September 9, last year, police were called to the Boots store at Townhall Street in Enniskillen in relation to a theft. The store detective told them he had seen two men lifting items and putting them into a foil-lined bag and then leaving without paying for them. The men ran off, dropping the bag with the stolen cosmetics and another containing a pair of socks and training shoes with McCullough's DNA. In addition, CCTV showed him carrying both bags inside the store and both him and his accomplice dropping them outside on the street.
The court heard that when police later interviewed McCullough he denied the offence or even being in Enniskillen. He claimed he had never been in the Boots store in the town.
Defence barrister, Mr. Ben Wall, said McCullough stole to pay for his gambling problem. He had been reconciled with his partner and sons but then lost money gambling and that would have scuppered the relationship so he went out to try and make some money.
District Judge Liam McNally pointed out that McCullough, from St. Mary's Gardens, Belfast, had been given 18 months probation for exactly the same type of offence just three months prior to this offence.
"That shows his complete disregard for any order the court makes," said the District Judge.
He said the court had dealt "far too leniently" with McCullough in the past and "he keeps stealing other people's property".
He told McCullough "you brought equipment with you" in a "deliberate, pre-meditated attempt to steal a substantial amount of property from another person".
Get more stories from our Roundup section
4 Dec 2013 15:53
.A number of vans have been burgled and damaged in Enniskillen in the past week.
4 Dec 2013 13:11
A 21-year-old woman convicted of stealing from a charity during a shoplifting spree in Enniskillen has walked free from Fermanagh Court.
4 Dec 2013 11:01
A 32-year-old Asda sales assistant accelerated to 100mph to get away from the police car that was following him, Fermanagh Court has heard.
4 Dec 2013 09:30
A 28-year-old pedlar who tried to sell a pair of boots for £10 has been fined £950 after the trailer he was towing broke free and crashed into a pedestrian crossing.
3 Dec 2013 17:07
Two dogs were stolen from a house at Lisblake, Florencecourt, at the weekend. The brown and white six-year-old St. Bernard and one-year-old black labrador were taken between 11pm on Friday and 7am on Saturday.
3 Dec 2013 16:19
The Higher Bridges Gallery, Enniskillen, will host the 6th annual Christmas art exhibition, ‘1FT SQ’, opening next week.
3 Dec 2013 15:00 • Lily Dane
An increase in the prevalence of diabetes is being experienced in the Western Trust area - where a diabetes project in its southern sector has been nationally recognised at a prestigious awards event.
3 Dec 2013 14:32
A 36-year-old factory worker and his 37-year-old wife have been fined £750 after he offered to drive her car because she was feeling unwell.
3 Dec 2013 12:30
The Western Trust has commended its staff after the mid-year performance report was presented at its recent Trust Board meeting.
3 Dec 2013 11:30
The headmaster or Portora Royal School, Mr. Neill Morton, is one of three new members appointed to the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment.
3 Dec 2013 10:46
Police are hunting a flasher who indecently exposed himself on the Cornagrade Road in Enniskillen at 4.45pm last Wednesday, November 27.
3 Dec 2013 09:30 • Chris Donegan
Police launched their Christmas campaign against drinking and driving with a zero tolerance message of: “Not even one - because just one drink can kill.”
2 Dec 2013 19:30
Police investigating a vehicle fire at Tamlaght, Enniskillen, believe it may have been started deliberately.
2 Dec 2013 17:30 • Lily Dane
A Community Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols will once again prove a joyous event this Sunday evening, December 8, at neighbouring Enniskillen churches, St. Michael’s and St. Macartin’s.
2 Dec 2013 15:30
Pete McGrath has named a 40-man provisional squad for the forthcoming season with Roslea’s forward Seamie Quigley returning to the fold.
2 Dec 2013 15:30
A number of trees at Spring Grove Forest on the Clough Road near Rosslea have been illegally felled for fire wood.
2 Dec 2013 14:30
Fermanagh County Museum has received a landmark work of the complete oil paintings of William Scott (1913-1989) to mark his centenary.
2 Dec 2013 13:04
Fermangh is the only county in Northern Ireland yet to put itself on the map by submitting an entry for a prestigious innovation competition.
2 Dec 2013 10:30 • Chris Donegan
A volunteer with the Salvation Army has had his mountain bike stolen.
2 Dec 2013 09:30 • Editorial Department
A 47-year-old homeless man has been jailed for three months for swearing in public.