A man has been sentenced to stealing more than 200 LE dolls.

A 42-year-old man was sentenced to 16 months in prison for stealing over 200 first-person dolls from Smyths Toys in South Belfast in 2018.

Stephen Casiment, of Avoca Street in the city, admitted the theft in Drumkin Retail Park at a remote hearing at Downpatrick Crown Court, Belfast.

Half of the sentence will be served in prison.

The court heard the value of the dolls, which was never recovered, was £ 2,796.

CCTV footage showed the defendant entering the toy store three times in a five-minute period on the evening of October 3, 2018.

Each time, he would remove doll boxes from the store and put them in the trunk of a Volkswagen Passat in the parking lot.

Three other people were in the car.

A store employee recognized Casement from a Facebook page when the footage circulated among the employees, leading to his arrest.

Since the defendant was already subject to a suspended sentence, Judge Miller imposed an additional nine months sentence for breaching court orders.

'bleak'

Defense attorney Peter Coyle said his client agreed that he would receive "longer and longer prison terms" if he continued the abuse.

He said Casement's behavior is linked to drug addiction.

The judge, who described the theft as "impudent", said that unless Casement did not address his cases, he would have a "bleak" future.

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