A MAN was caught by gardai after he took a photograph of himself on a phone he had stolen which he then left behind in a house he had just burgled.
Jason Glennon (34) had earlier stolen the pink Nokia phone along with a rucksack from an unlocked car in the Blanchardstown area.
He had been released from prison the previous day after serving a sentence for a similar offence.
He then broke into a nearby house where the owner woke up to find him in the bedroom. The man chased Glennon out of the house and the burglar threw a PlayStation at him as he was running away.
He had dropped the rucksack and phone in his rush to get away and was arrested after his photograph was found on the phone.
Garda Laura Kelly confirmed to Judge Patrick McCartan that Glennon had taken the photograph of himself on the phone.
Glennon, of Whitestown Avenue, Mulhuddart, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to three burglaries in the Blanchardstown area on June 26, 2010.
He had 53 previous convictions which included offences for burglary and handling stolen property.
He also stole a bicycle from a garden shed in another house in the same area that day.
Judge McCartan described Glennon as a "menace as long as he is in the community and using drugs".
"It is my duty to protect the community and the only blunt implement I can use for this purpose is Mountjoy Prison," Judge McCartan said before he adjourned the case to March.
He ordered the preparation of a probation report for that date so he could determine if Glennon is sincere in his claims that he is trying to get off drugs.
Garda Kelly told Maurice Coffey, prosecuting, that Glennon was arrested on July 23, 2010, when she met him when she was on foot patrol.
She had tried to arrest him the previous month by calling to his home but he was not there.
Garda Kelly agreed with Rosemarie Alymer, defending, that Glennon was a drug addict and had apologised, during a garda interview, to all the people he had stolen items from.