A YOUNG man caught with eight stolen flatscreen TVs, worth over €5,000, after detectives stopped and searched his van has claimed that he bought them for €50 each.
Patrick Cooney (20) claimed he was "offered a good deal" and admitted he should have known the TVs were stolen.
A court heard the eight TVs were among a consignment of 30 TVs which had been stolen in a burglary in Leitrim.
The defendant, of Kilronan Close in Clondalkin, admitted before Tallaght District Court to possession of stolen property.
The incident took place on the Tallaght Outer Ring Road on August 4 last year.
Detective Camon Ryan said he was on mobile patrol when he stopped a 2003-registered vehicle being driven by Cooney.
Garda Ryan said the defendant was taken to Tallaght Garda Station to be searched and was found with eight flatscreen Philips TVs.
The garda said the TVs were in their boxes and the serial numbers had been removed. The value of the goods was €5,100. Garda Ryan said Cooney told gardai he bought the TVs for €50 each at the shops in Glenshane in Tallaght.
Judge John Coughlan sentenced Cooney to five months in prison.