Raider caught out by pink gloves had hammer in pants
A shop raider armed with a piece of wood was later identified by gardai by the pink gloves he was wearing during the attempted robbery.
Scott Grant (31) held the piece of timber while threatening staff in a Costcutters shop on Hampton Street in Balbriggan, north Dublin, and demanded money.
He ran away when the shop manager, Eugene Brown, confronted him with a wooden sweeping brush during the raid on December 11, 2016.
Later that month, Grant was spotted damaging a parking meter to get coins from it to feed his drug habit.
A witness told gardai he was wearing black clothes and pink gloves and a garda later arrested a man fitting that description.
Grant had a hammer down his pants when arrested.
He was released and was still out on bail on September 26, 2017, when he held up another shop armed with a tree branch.
During this robbery of his local shop in Balbriggan, the shopkeeper knew Grant and refused to hand over cash. Grant then made off after grabbing €100 worth of scratch cards.
He was identified a short time later when he went into a nearby newsagent to cash in the winning scratch cards. He was arrested and told gardai he needed to clear a drug debt.
Grant, of Pinewood Green Court, Balbriggan, admitted attempted robbery in December 2016, robbery in September 2017 and an attempted robbery on Clonard Street, Balbriggan, last April 17.
Garda Harry Thompson told Sinead McMullan BL, prosecuting, that during the last offence Grant tried to pull the handbag from a woman walking home after dark.
The victim held on to the bag but fell and was very shaken.
The court heard that Grant was out on bail for the first two offences when he carried out the mugging. His previous convictions include one for attempted robbery.
Pieter Le Vert BL, defending, said his client received a two-year jail sentence for this and got clean of heroin while in custody. After his release, Grant relapsed, counsel said.
The judge adjourned the case to April 10 and ordered a Probation Services report.