Friday 23 February 2018

'Spoiled as a child' burglar stayed in luxury hotels for free after stealing master keys

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Andrew Phelan

A burglar who travelled around Dublin, staying in luxury hotels for free after stealing master keys, "may have been spoiled as a child", a court heard.

College drop-out John Mc-Evoy (45) let himself into rooms, spending nights and using hotel facilities.

Judge Bryan Smyth jailed him for 18 months after he admitted multiple burglary charges.

Dublin District Court heard McEvoy was arrested after being found inside the Lansdowne Hotel, Dublin 4, last March 16. He had the master key, which he had used to enter four rooms. No property was stolen.

On March 11, McEvoy entered a staff area in the same hotel, rooted through bags and stole the key.

On the same day, he went to the Intercontinental Hotel, Ballsbridge, and stole the master key and a jacket.

Last September 22, McEvoy, of Market Street, Dundalk, went to a private apartment at Pembroke Road, slipped the lock and stole €1,500 in cash. The apartment was not occupied at the time and he was identified on CCTV.


Last July 16, he stole a bunch of keys from the Castle Hotel, Gardiner Row, and went into a staff area, taking €50.

He was also arrested in an office at the Radisson Hotel, Dublin Airport, last July 12. He had a key to the safe but did not get access to it.

McEvoy would visit different parts of the city, staying in hotels for free after getting the master key, his solicitor said.

"He was never a paying customer - he stayed overnight and used the facilities. There was very little taken usually," he said.

Judge Smyth replied: "I think he does a little more than that."

McEvoy had previous convictions for similar offences in hotels and guesthouses.

He had studied mathematics at university, but did not complete the course and had not worked for most of his life.

None of the rest of his family, including his twin brother, had been in trouble. "He feels he should have done better," his lawyer said. "Maybe as a child he was spoiled - I don't know."

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