Sunday 22 July 2018

Serial thief used 'signal jammer device' to break into cars

(Stock photo)
(Stock photo)

Isabel Hayes

A serial thief who was found in possession of signal jammer devices that allowed him to break into cars has been jailed.

Daniel Polanksi (33) of Charlestown Place, Finglas, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to one count of possessing three signal blockers used for breaking into cars on March 7 this year.

He also pleaded guilty to one count of possessing crowbars, torches, binoculars and pen-knives for use in a theft on the same date.

Garda Michael Parry-Jones told Diana Stuart BL, prosecuting, that gardaí pulled over Polanski at St Margaret's Road in Finglas and recovered a large amount of items from the vehicle. These included a USB stick and an iPod that had been stolen from two other cars previously.

Polanksi was arrested and eventually made some admissions to gardaí. His 72 previous convictions include burglary and assault and 16 of these offences were committed in Poland.

He has 40 convictions for theft. Judge Karen O'Connor imposed a sentence of three years and three months.

Luigi Rea BL, defending, said his client grew up in the south of Poland and studied to become a chef and mechanic. He moved to Ireland and studied English before becoming a qualified forklift driver.

He worked in a number of places, including a bakery, a supermarket and a discount store before he suffered a work-related knee injury and was evicted from his home in December 2015, the court heard.

Mr Rea said Polanski then began to “dabble in amphetamines”, which he had previously used in Poland.

“He hoped by coming to Ireland he would leave that lifestyle behind him, and for a while he did,” Mr Rea said. “But then he re-immersed himself in amphetamine abuse.”

Mr Rea said Polanski, who is in custody for a previous offence, is an enhanced prisoner and is attending addiction counselling sessions.

Two further counts relating to the theft of a USB stick and an Apple ipod from cars were taken into account.

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