Bungling raiders left getaway car keys at scene of the crime
PATRICK Kennedy is in the running for the title of Ireland's dumbest criminal.
The 32-year-old, who robbed a rural post office with an accomplice, left the keys of their getaway car at the scene of the crime.
As a result, Kennedy and his equally inept colleague had to make a run for it on foot. Kennedy was arrested a short time later at a garage across the road from Kilmacanogue post office.
Wicklow Circuit Criminal Court yesterday heard how the bungling raiders hit the post office on April 21, 2010.
Postmistress Angela Donnelly (77) retreated to the storeroom.
Gardai said she was afraid and didn't know if the robbers, both of whom wore balaclavas, had guns.
When she heard banging on the safety glass, she thought they were shots.
The raiders -- who had a sledgehammer -- smashed the glass and made off with €3,174 in cash, and cheques.
As they made their getaway, they discovered they had left their car keys in the post office.
Gardai picked Kennedy up shortly afterwards.
Judge Michael O'Shea said the robbery was carried out in a frightening, aggressive and intimidating manner.
Kennedy, of Ballycush Lane, Broadway, Co Wexford, said he robbed the post office to pay back a drug debt.
He was sentenced to four years in jail. Gardai are still searching for his colleague.