Bono has revealed how two men who broke into his father's home approached the singer in a Dublin pub and admitted they stole his television.
The U2 frontman explained how the thieves described the exact location of his father's Glasnevin home, and although admitting they robbed numerous items at the time, added that they never left a mess.
The musician, whose real name is Paul Hewson, explained how the two men admitted their crime.
"All right, Paul. Cedarwood, yeah? The house opposite the Grove, yeah? Your dad lived there on his own?," they told the singer.
"The telly went a few times, the stereo? But you know we never made a mess, right? I was banging up a bit of gear and we figured you could afford it", the thieves added.
The U2 singer also revealed that his father, who passed away in 2001, used to sleep with an iron bar at his bedside because of the number of burglaries in the neighbourhood.
U2's latest album, Songs of Innocence, is inspired by Bono's youth in Glasnevin and the song Cedarwood Road is specifically about his childhood home.
The band was set up after drummer Larry Mullen posted an ad on a notice board in their nearby school, Mount Temple.
Speaking to Mojo magazine, Bono also described what life was like growing up in the North-Dublin suburb in the 1970s.
"Some of the strongest memories I have of my teenage life are the hidings I received and the hidings I gave out," he said.
"The sense of civil war was imminent. Sometimes I still feel like I'm on that street."
In the interview he also spoke about the impact of his mother's death on him when he was just 14.
"The way our family was, and the way Irish males tend to be, you don't talk about that. It was too painful. So we lost the memories that we had.
"I started trying to see what I could remember about my mother, and it was things like her burying me in the sand on the beach up to my neck. Being told not to be afraid of the dark. That thing that Dublin mums all say: 'You'll be the death of me'."
The singer currently features on Bob Geldof's 30th anniversary Band Aid single, the proceeds of which are going to fight the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa.