Thursday 22 March 2018

Burglar ransacked two schools in a series of raids in his home town

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Andrew Phelan

A BURGLAR ransacked two schools in a series of raids on premises in his home town, including the local cinema and a pizza parlour.

Ronan Moore (41) carried out four break-ins on two separate days, stealing cash and cheques and causing "extensive damage," a court heard. The schools were targeted on the same day.

Judge Kathryn Hutton yesterday adjourned the case for a pre-sentence probation report after Moore, from Dun Saithne Avenue, Balbriggan, pleaded guilty to burglary.

Cloverhill District Court heard the first incident happened at St George's National School in Balbriggan on May 27.

An office window was smashed and the office ransacked, with €200 of damage caused and cash and cheques totalling €201 stolen.

On the same day, Moore went to Gaelscoil Bhaile Brigin at Castlelands, jammed open the reception office window and got in. He went through the office, stealing €370 in cash and cheques and causing €250 of damage.

At 5.40am on July 28, he went to Domino's pizza, on Mill Street, where he badly damaged the front doors with an iron bar.

He then forced open two cash registers and caused a total of €400 of damage but left the shop empty-handed, the court heard.

Earlier on the same day, he went to the Omniplex cinema on Mill Street and got in through the rear fire exit, causing €100 of damage.

He caused extensive damage to electronic tills and two doors, which he forced open with a crowbar.

Once in the office, he stole a Dell laptop worth €500, which was later recovered by gardai.

Moore had 71 previous convictions for burglary and other offences.

Gardai said he was of "mannerly character when sober", but his desperation to feed his drug habit had driven his offending.

Moore acknowledged he had a chronic drug habit, his solicitor John Wood said. He had worked as a scaffolder but became involved in drugs, which "completely skewed his life".

Moore broke both ankles in an accident in 2014, confining him to a wheelchair and requiring to him to take medication.

He "should have seen it coming" that his addiction problem would resurface, Mr Wood added.

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