Tuesday 20 February 2018

Burglar who broke into young woman's home tried to apologise with bunch of flowers

Bunch of flowers (Stock)
Bunch of flowers (Stock)

Eimear Cotter

A burglar who broke into a young woman's home and damaged her alarm turned up at her house two weeks later with a bunch of flowers to apologise.

Glen McElroy (44) smashed a kitchen window and pulled out all the wires in the house alarm after it went off.

He was caught after the victim's neighbours saw him in the back garden and called gardai.

A court heard gardai arrived on the scene within 90 seconds and caught McElroy while he was walking down the road.

Judge Bridget Reilly sentenced him to six months in prison.

McElroy, of MacUilliam Close, Tallaght, was found guilty of burglary at a house in Tallaght last February 26.

The victim, Lisa Graham, said he smashed a back kitchen window and climbed through it into the house.

The alarm went off, so McElroy cut the wires in the alarm box and damaged the ESB box.

A neighbour gave evidence that she saw the defendant in the garden of Ms Graham's home, and she and her husband called gardai and tried to stop him, but he ran up the road.

She said McElroy was caught a short distance away.

Ms Graham, who was at work at the time of the burglary, said McElroy took three old phones as well as a sponsorship card and €43 in cash she had been raising for an autistic little boy.

She said it cost her €775 to replace the alarm and €245 to repair the broken window.

Ms Graham said McElroy returned to her home two weeks later with a bunch of flowers to apologise to her.

She did not take the flowers and does not feel comfortable that he knows where she lives.

Ms Graham also said the burglary "really upset" her, as there was blood all over her house.

She said it took two weeks to get the money to repair the window and her children were afraid to stay in the house until it was repaired.

Defence lawyer Sean O'Quigley said McElroy, a father-of-five, had a hip replacement two years ago and is in remission from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.


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