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Sunday 4 December 2016

Release of 'nasty' thug who preyed on OAPs sparks alert by gardai

Criminal Anthony Connors
Criminal Anthony Connors

A major garda alert has been issued after a dangerous criminal who specialises in preying on and stealing from vulnerable OAPs was released from prison.

Anthony Connors was released from jail last week after he served a 10-year sentence for terrorising 13 pensioners in their homes, including assaulting and falsely imprisoning some of them.

Concern

"Gardai across Dublin and beyond have been notified that Connors is back on the streets," a senior source explained.

"There is major concern about this prolific burglar, whose modus operandi has always been to specifically target older people.

"Connors, unlike many of the burglary criminals active nowadays, travels everywhere on foot. He is a nasty criminal," the source added.

His sentencing hearing at Dublin Circuit Court in December, 2009, heard that Connors (40) targeted victims living in accommodation for the elderly. He would call at their door and ask them a question before pushing past them and ransacking their house.

He was on early release from prison at the time and committed several of the offences while on bail.

Sometimes he assaulted the victim and on other occasions he locked them in a room as he escaped. Nearly all his victims were over 70.

Connors, of Tulip Court in Darndale, north Dublin, pleaded guilty to 10 counts of burglary, three counts of false imprisonment, two counts of robbery, one of assault and one of handling stolen property.

The offences occurred in Donnybrook, Dun Laoghaire, Ringsend, Blackrock, Phibsboro, Ranelagh and in the city centre between November 2007 and March 2008.

Victims

Before being sentenced in 2009, chronic drug addict Connors was previously handed an eight-year term for another string of burglaries, including the robbery of a 100-year-old woman, but was given early release.

Most of Connors' victims lived alone.

Many later told gardai that they still suffered from nightmares and were afraid to leave the house.

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