Limerick man stole property worth €10,000 from house

Thief claimed goods stolen were 'prison hand me downs'

Anne Sheridan

Reporter:

Anne Sheridan

Limerick man stole property worth €10,000 from house

Limerick Circuit Court

A MAN who stole over €10,000 worth of luxury goods from a property on the Ennis Road asked a neighbour of those robbed to call him a taxi after walking away with his massive haul.

And as he had no money for the fare, he then tried to give the driver a bottle of duty free alcohol which he had also stolen from the house.

Marcus Graham, 42, of Davin Gardens, Caherdavin, who has 79 previous convictions, pleaded guilty to the burglary, which took place on August 1, 2015, after the owner had locked her home in the afternoon and left the property.

Among the items taken were two passports, a large amount of designer jewellery worth over €2,500, including a Hermes bracelet, earrings and watches, a brass figurine, medication, children’s clothing, an iphone, an ipod shuffle, Rayban sunglasses, Michael Kors sunglasses, car keys, and ladies clothing.

However, when apprehended at his home, Graham told gardai that they were “hand me downs from prison” and refused to confirm that he had stolen the goods during three interviews with gardai.

Prosecuting barrister John O’Sullivan, BL, told the court that the majority of the property was recovered, but some items are outstanding including a very expensive watch.

When gardai called to his home several boxes of jewellery were found in a Lidl shopping bag. Boxes of alcohol with duty free labels were also taken from the house in Ashbrook on the Ennis Road.

Defending, Lawrence Boucher, BL, said his client entered an early plea of guilty and that he has a history of drug abuse and a chaotic lifestyle.

“At 42, it’s maybe time that he copped himself on, but he might need some assistance to do that,” said Mr Boucher.

He has been in custody on this matter since August last, and is currently serving another sentence, under which he is due to be released from prison this July. He has been further remanded in custody by Judge Tom O’Donnell until May 11 for sentence.