Angry ex-employee stole €34,000 in goods
A "DISGRUNTLED" ex-employee who stole €34,000 of company goods after being laid off but destroyed most of them while fleeing the scene has received a suspended sentence.
Anthony Costello (31) spotted a garda car while he was leaving his former workplace with a Jeep-load of electronic equipment and a €4,000 champagne gift box and broke red lights at a nearby junction. He destroyed all but €6,700 of the goods in a crash with two other vehicles.
Garda Wayne Butler revealed that Costello had been disgruntled about being let go from his former job at Profile Management and had forced the door to the company's offices to steal items.
Costello, of Chieftains Drive, Balbriggan, Co Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to stealing property worth €34,740 from Profile Management, Fingal Bay Business Park, Balbriggan, on November 30, 2009. He also pleaded guilty to dangerous driving on the same date at Harry Reynolds Road, Balbriggan. He has two previous convictions for minor road traffic offences.
Gda Butler told the court that he arrested Costello at the crash scene and brought him to a garda station where he made full admissions in interview. He said Costello had taken the vintage champagne box, a number of custom-built computers and computer monitors.
Judge Martin Nolan said he was impressed by Costello's low conviction record and was prepared to give him a chance by imposing a three-year suspended sentence.