A 41-year-old man working for Fastway Couriers was caught removing a total of €866 worth of property from parcels for delivery.
Inspector Mark Keating said the property stolen in Cork included a television, earphones, a watch, trainers, jewellery and clothing.
John Paul Thornton, of St Vincent’s hostel, Anglesea Terrace, Cork, pleaded guilty at Cork District Court to the theft of property from his then employer on November 24, 2021.
Judge Olann Kelleher said theft from an employer was a serious charge and a terrible breach of trust, particularly when it was committed by a man with five previous convictions for theft and six for burglary.
Defence solicitor, Frank Buttimer, the defendant’s family had supported him through a three-month residential addiction treatment programme in Westport, Co Mayo.
This has enabled him to come off heroin and he is now clear of all drugs since June, the solicitor said.
Thornton is also doing follow-up meetings to address his issues.
“He had a job with this company for a number of weeks and he was in dispute about a wage matter and he reacted by taking these items over a short period. He was angry about the way he thought he was being treated. It was an employment issue,” Mr Buttimer said.
He added that all the stolen property was recovered.
Judge Kelleher said he would take into consideration the three-month residential programme undertaken by the accused.
“It is a breach of trust. I will impose a 10-month sentence suspended on condition that he stays out of trouble for the next two years,” the judge said.