Garda sting caught would-be bike thief
A FATHER-of-one was caught trying to steal a bicycle that had been planted on a city street by gardai mounting a sting operation, a court heard.
Undercover officers watched the bike from a fast food restaurant until Derek Stanley (29) came and tried to take it.
The operation had been set up to target a surge in bicycle thefts in the city centre, Dublin District Court heard.
Stanley, of Dominick Street Upper, pleaded not guilty to attempted theft and possession of a set of bike lock keys with intent to commit a theft.
Finding him guilty, Judge Anthony Halpin adjourned the case for a community service suitability report, recommending 200 hours instead of a six-month sentence.
Gardai from Store Street Station went to Parnell Street on February 4 with a racing bike which they locked to a railing outside Burger King.
They sat in the restaurant watching and the accused came in, then quickly exited and violently tugged at the bike lock, before taking out a set of keys and trying to open it.
The gardai approached and he ran away but was caught.
Defence Solicitor Declan Fahy said the accused has brought his own bike that day, but gardai said it was further down the street outside Aldi, on the ground and unlocked.
Judge Halpin said Stanley could not have mistaken the bike for his own.