Tuesday 23 January 2018

Burglar was found hiding in bin after €3.5k tobacco raid

Christopher Dunne (left) and Dean Martin outside court
Christopher Dunne (left) and Dean Martin outside court

A man who broke into a convenience store with a friend and stole €3,500 worth of cigarettes and tobacco was later found by gardai hiding in a wheelie bin in the shop's back yard.

Dean Martin and Christopher Dunne (both 23) activated an alarm when they broke into the Centra in Swords.

The shop owner was able to view them on CCTV as they placed the cigarettes and tobacco into a bag.

He called gardai, who found Martin hiding in a wheelie bin in the yard. Dunne was on the shop's roof.

Judge Dermot Dempsey ordered a report to see if the men were suitable to complete 240 hours of community service in lieu of three months in prison.

Martin, of Coultry Drive, and Dunne, of Coultry Place, both Ballymun, admitted burglary at the Centra shop on Main Street, Swords, on February 19 last year.

Gda Thomas Doherty told Swords District Court that the pair broke into the building at about 11.10pm by removing a piece of plywood from a rear window.

Gda Doherty said the defendants went to the front of the shop, where the alarm was activated.


He said the shop owner saw them on CCTV and contacted gardai. Dunne was seen placing €3,500 of cigarettes and tobacco products into a bag.

Dunne was arrested on the roof of the shop with the cigarettes, which were recovered in a saleable condition.

Gda Doherty said Martin was found hiding in a wheelie bin in the yard.

Both defendants made full admissions in relation to the burglary, their lawyers said.

The court heard that the shop was closed at the time, nothing was damaged and no one was put in fear.

Gardai said Dunne has five previous convictions while Martin has a total of 35 previous convictions.

In relation to Martin, defence lawyer Patrick Jackson said he has not come to garda attention since this incident and is working on a community employment scheme.

Defence solicitor Fiona D'Arcy said Dunne is addicted to cannabis and was under the influence at the time of the incident.

She said Dunne has reduced his intake since the burglary and was trying to stay out of trouble.

The court also heard that both defendants were willing to do community service.

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