A LIMERICK teenager has been sentenced to nine months in prison after pleading guilty to a string of burglaries and thefts around the city over a four-month period.
At Limerick District Court, Robert Benn, 18, of Fairview Crescent, Garryowen, admitted breaking into a car at the University of Limerick car park on September 3, 2011, causing €200 of criminal damage, and to stealing a handbag and clothing valued at €350 from the vehicle.
Inspector Seamus Ruane, Roxboro Road Garda Station, outlined a series of other offences including a break-in at a house at Killonan, Ballysimon on December 20 last during which laptops, a phone and cash were stolen. Benn also took a set of car keys and stole a car from outside the house.
A second house was broken into at Glenside, Annacotty, on the same date and another car stolen, as well as a laptop, phone and cash.
Around €800 in cash was stolen in another burglary at Dromroe Avenue, Woodhaven, Castletroy, on January 8 last and two days later, Benn broke into a taxi parked at UniCabs on Clare Street, making off with €25 in change.
Insp Ruane said Benn had made admissions to Henry Street gardai in respect of the offences when he was arrested on January 11. Of all the property that was stolen, only the two cars were recovered.
Solicitor Darrach McCarthy said his client, who has accumulated 36 previous convictions, apologised for his actions. Much of his offending arose from an addiction to prescription drugs, Mr McCarthy told Judge Eamon O’Brien.
The judge sentenced Benn to nine months in prison for the burglary from a car at the University of Limerick last September and took the remainder of the offences into consideration.