Doorman jailed for 'inside job' at DIY store
A DOORMAN has been jailed for three years for stealing almost €60,000 from Woodies DIY during an "inside job" robbery.
The court heard the raid on the Coolock branch was staged by the manager and the doorman and both men later shared the stolen cash. Trevor Knowles (40) of McAuley Avenue, Artane, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to the theft of almost €60,000 from Woodies DIY on the Malahide Road on June 17, 2009.
Knowles' accomplice was the manager of the branch, Thomas McDermott (27) of Rockmarshall, Jenkinstown, Dundalk, who was given a three-year suspended sentence in October 2010 for his role in the robbery.
Knowles initially denied being involved with planning the robbery, but changed his plea to guilty during his trial in March, when faced with an "overwhelming" amount of evidence against him.
The judge sentenced him to five years in prison and suspended the final two years.