The much-loved Waterford restaurant and wine bar located at 54 John Street was trespassed on October 29, 2021, by Nora O'Reilly of 13 Manor Street, Waterford city.
The Waterford News & Star reports that after entering the restaurant, O'Reilly obtained a set of keys and entered an office inside the premises.
Wearing gloves to avoid fingerprint detection, O'Reilly then proceeded to take cash to the value of €48,000.
It is understood that cash was held at the premises with the intention of it being lodged in the bank at a later date to pay both suppliers and staff.
On providing a victim impact statement, Bodega! proprietor Cormac Cronin said the theft was "easily one of the worst periods of my life."
Despite an extensive Garda investigation, the stolen money was not recovered.
On handing down a sentence, Judge O'Kelly dubbed the crime "an opportunistic trespass."
The full story can be read in this week's edition of the Waterford News & Star.
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