Man tried to get into an undercover garda's car
A blundering would-be thief tried to get into a parked unmarked garda car while undercover officers were sitting in the vehicle, a court heard.
When Glenn Quinn (37) could not get the door open, he went into a nearby apartment complex - and the officers got out and arrested him.
Quinn, of Weaver Street, The Coombe, pleaded guilty to attempted theft and trespassing at Camden Row in Dublin city centre.
Judge Dermot Dempsey gave him a two-month suspended sentence and fined him €100.
Dublin District Court heard gardai were on plainclothes duty in an unmarked car at 10.10pm on March 14 last.
"The defendant tried to get into the vehicle by pulling at the door and door handles," the prosecuting garda said.
The accused then entered an apartment complex and was arrested for trespassing.
He told gardai that there was a unlocked bike there and he probably would have taken it.
The court heard there was no premeditation and he "looked like he may have had a few drinks."
Quinn had suffered serious health issues, had come through two bouts of cancer and had a serious blood condition and a hernia, his lawyer said.
"There was no sophistication to it," Quinn's lawyer said of the incident.
Asked by Judge Dempsey about the vehicle, the garda it was an "older type" of car that they would sometimes use.
Quinn had 23 previous convictions for theft and other offences. He was in receipt of disability allowance.
"On the scale of attempted theft, it is at the very bottom," his lawyer added.
Quinn had not come to the attention of the gardai since the incident.
Judge Dempsey suspended the sentence for a year.