Sunday 25 September 2016

Man tried to rob undercover garda car - in front of plainclothes officers sitting in it

Morgan Flanagan Creagh

Published 07/08/2015 | 10:24

Glen Quinn
Pic: Sunday World
Glen Quinn Pic: Sunday World

A hapless would-be car thief attempted to steal an unmarked garda car as plain clothes officers sat inside.

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Glenn Quinn (37), from Weaver Street, the Coombe, Dublin 8, failed to get the car door open, so he gave up and ambled into a nearby apartment complex, at which point officers got out of the car and arrested him.

Quinn pleaded guilty to attempted theft and trespassing at Camden Row in Dublin.

Dublin District Court heard that plain clothes gardai were sitting in the unmarked vehicle on the 14th of March last year.

“The defendant tried to get into the vehicle by pulling at the door and door handles”, the prosecuting garda said.

The accused then entered an apartment complex and was arrested for trespassing.

Quinn then told gardai that there was an unlocked bike in the complex and he probably would have taken it.

The court was told that there was no premeditation and that Quinn “looked like he may have had a few drinks”.

“There was no sophistication to it,” said Quinn’s lawyer.

The defendant had suffered a number of serious health issues, including two bouts of cancer, a serious blood condition and a hernia.

Quinn had 23 convictions for theft and other offences and was in receipt of disability allowance.

Judge Dermot Dempsey gave him a two month suspended sentence and fined him €100.

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