Ex-Brinks employee jailed over cash-in-transit thefts
A MAN with no previous convictions has been jailed for one year for stealing thousands of cash-in-transit from a Brinks Allied Irish van.
Former Brinks employee Anthony McGrath (27), was caught on secret camera installed by gardai investigating complaints about discrepancies in money being transported between banks.
The court heard that colleagues identified McGrath as "the common denominator" in all the reported incidents.
McGrath, of Redshanks Courts, Ashton Village, Drogheda, Co Louth, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to stealing €1,950 on June 18 and €6,050 on June 27, 2007, from Brinks Allied Irish while transporting cash to Dublin.
The Director of Public Prosecutions entered a nolle prosequi (unwilling to prosecute) on three further counts of theft of a total €12,350 between May 16 and June 22, 2007.
McGrath admitted the thefts on arrest and described how he'd widened air holes in the bags to fit his hand inside.
The court heard that gardai recovered €13,330 at McGrath's former Coolock home but never found the remaining €7,280.