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Security man caught after telling staff of his raid plans

Conor Gallagher

Published 18/12/2012 | 05:00

A SUPERMARKET security guard who tried to stage a robbery at his workplace was caught because he told his colleagues his plan beforehand, a court has heard.

Gary Daly (43) and three accomplices planned to stage a raid and ask staff at the Lidl supermarket to agree to be tied up. The "ramshackle" crime was aborted when two of the thieves realised they may have been identified on CCTV.

The court heard that the only person who agreed to be tied up was one of the staff members who was in on the plot.

Daly, who was head of security, called the gardai as soon as they abandoned the theft.

Judge Martin Nolan said Daly's plot was "not a recipe for success".

He noted the accused informed his colleagues that the raid was going to happen so they would not be frightened. The judge imposed a five-year term, which he suspended.

Daly, of Harolds Cross Road, Terenure, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to attempted theft at Lidl in Dundrum Shopping Centre on May 5, 2012.

Frightened

The court heard there was upwards of €25,000 in the store and that Daly stood to gain €5,000.

On the day of the incident Daly told a worker he was going to stage a robbery and that he shouldn't resist or be frightened. The worker thought Daly must have been joking.

Later that day Daly's accomplice was left in charge of the store. That evening both men saw out the last of the customers.

They then let two other "raiders" into the store and asked staff to allow themselves be tied up. Only Daly's accomplice agreed to be tied up.

The thieves then became worried they could be identified on the CCTV and Daly decided to abort the robbery. The "raiders" fled and Daly reported the incident to gardai.

Daly is the only one of the four men to appear before the courts on the charge to date.

Irish Independent

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