A man who carried out a spate of thefts in a Kildare town last year was jailed for four and half years at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on Thursday afternoon.
David Browne (36) of Lindesfarne Grove, Clondalkin, Dublin 22, pleaded guilty to 12 thefts in Leixlip on dates between January and April 2012. He has 141 previous convictions for offences including burglary and robbery.
Garda Trevor Guinan told Martina Baxter BL, prosecuting, that Browne broke into sheds and vans and mainly stole tools.
The items he took were never recovered and included drills, jigsaws, circular saw, consaws, levels, sets of drill bits, trousers, fleeces, jackets, gloves, a canister of gas, boots, walking shoes, a socket set, a bolt cutter, a paint mixer, lengths of copper wire, a hedge trimmer, a lawnmower, chainsaws, an angle grinder, a tool box, sunglasses and cans of beer.
Gda Guinan said he spotted Browne driving a van at speed in Leixlip village on April 11, 2012 and when it broke a red light, he instructed the driver to pull over.
Browne gave gardaí a false name and told them that the van and equipment in the trailer attached belonged to his boss, a landscape gardener. There were two crow bars, knives, pliers, a torch and five drills in the trailer.
Gda Guinan said he arrested Browne on suspicion of having tools with the intention of using them in a burglary and he was taken in for questioning.
Browne told gardaí he had given a false name because there was a warrant out for his arrest. He went on to make full admission to the thefts.
He told gardaí he had taken the various items and sold them on in Dublin markets.
“I regret doing it, it’s the end of me doing it,” Browne said in interview.
Dean Kelly BL, defending said his client and his partner are expecting their first child in a few months.
He asked Judge Martin Nolan to take into account his client’s admissions to the gardaí after he acknowledged he had initially given a false name.
Judge Nolan said Browne had deliberately targeted van and sheds where he would expect to find tools and other items that he could sell on, “presumably to feed his drug habit”. <ENDS>