Burglar sold safe with €190k jewels in it for €500 heroin
A BURGLAR who stole a safe containing €190,000 worth of jewellery which he sold "as scrap" for €500 worth of heroin has been jailed for four years.
Gerry Connors (28) told gardaí he had hopped over the garden wall of the house in Killiney, Dublin to urinate and peered in a window. He spotted a glass jar full of coins and smashed a window with a rock.
He then went through the house and discovered the safe, which also had €10,000 in various currencies, in a press.
He told gardaí in interview that he and his friends left in a van and brought the safe back to a halting site where he went through it. He thought the jewellery was "scrap" and exchanged it for €500 worth of heroin.
Detective Garda Kieran Murphy told the court that the couple who owned the house were on holidays at the time.
He said €50,000 worth of damage was caused to the property as it had been completely "trashed".
Connors had also carried out burglary two months earlier in Shankill where he stole car keys and items worth €2,000.
He failed to show up for his case in November 2011. Gardai later discovered he had fled to England and was serving a prison term there.
A European arrest warrant was secured and he was returned in October 2014.
Connors, with an address at Rathmichael Halting Site, in Shankill then pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to burglary in Shankill on April 1, 2009 and burglary in Killiney on June 16, 2009.