A man who stole a power washer from a branch of Halfords in Dundalk was told at the local district court last week that he is facing 120 hours community service or a two month sentence.
The court heard last Wednesday that 28 year old Michael O’Brien with an address at Greenacres, Dundalk walked into the premises at Dundalk Retail Park on the 4th of October last and left without paying for the equipment which was worth just under a hundred euro.
Garda Insp. Martin Beggy said the accused was identified on CCTV and the property was returned on the 17th of February.
The court heard the defendant had a number of previous convictions including burglary, assault causing harm, dangerous driving and possession of an offensive weapon.
The Defence barrister said her client and his wife are expecting their first child in June and pointed out that he had never been given an opportunity to perform community service.
Judge William Hamill put back the case until the first of May so the accused could be assessed by the Probation Service.