Tuesday 20 August 2019

Armed raider is jailed after pink gloves help lead to identification

Scott Grant tried to cash in scratch cards he had stolen. Photo: Collins Courts
Scott Grant tried to cash in scratch cards he had stolen. Photo: Collins Courts

Declan Brennan

An armed shop raider who was later identified by gardaí by the pink gloves he was wearing during the attempted robbery has been jailed.

Scott Grant (31) was holding a piece of timber when he threatened staff in one shop in Balbriggan, north Dublin.

He ran off when the store manager confronted him with a wooden sweeping brush.

A year later, he tried to rob a different shop using a tree branch.

Grant, of Pinewood Green Court, Balbriggan, north Dublin, pleaded guilty to attempted robbery on December 2016 and attempted robbery on Clonard Street, Balbriggan, on April 17, 2018.

On December 11, 2016, Grant entered the Costcutters shop on Hampton Street, Balbriggan, and threatened staff while holding a piece of timber.

He demanded money but ran away when the shop manager Eugene Brown confronted him with a wooden sweeping brush.

Grant was arrested and later released on bail when he held up the second shop armed with a branch of a tree.

During this robbery of his local shop in Balbriggan, the shopkeeper knew Grant and refused to hand over any money.

Grant then made off after grabbing €100 worth of scratch cards.

He was identified a short time later when he went into a nearby newsagent to cash in the winning scratch cards.

He was arrested and told gardaí he carried out the raid to get money to clear a drug debt.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that staff in the first shop gave gardaí a description of the raider's clothing, which included pink gloves.

Later that month, Grant was spotted damaging a parking meter to get coins from it to feed his drug habit.

A witness told gardaí he was wearing black clothes and pink gloves and a garda later arrested a man fitting that description.

Grant had a hammer down his pants when picked up by gardaí.

The court also heard Grant carried out a robbery of a woman on September 26, 2018. He grabbed her handbag and she fell to the ground during the attack.

Judge Patricia Ryan suspended the final two years of a six-year prison term on condition he keep the peace and engage with the Probation Service for two years after his release.

Pieter Le Vert BL, defending, said his client was making efforts to deal with his addiction. He has worked all his life as a labourer and had been looking for work.

Irish Independent

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