TWO men were caught with a screwdriver and vice grips after gardai saw them acting suspiciously in a housing estate.
Adrian Redmond (32) and Thomas Donoghue (28) were searched by gardai and found with implements, including a screwdriver, vice grips, latex gloves and a balaclava.
For Donoghue, Judge John Lindsay at Blanchardstown District Court imposed a six-month sentence suspended for two years while Redmond was ordered to enter into a 12-month probation bond.
Redmond, of Dolphin House in Rialto and Donoghue, of Sheepmore Gardens in Clonsilla, admitted possession of articles for use in a theft.
The incident happened at Ashington Avenue, Navan Road in Cabra, around 1.30am on June 22 last.
Garda Maria Callaghan said gardai were on mobile patrol when they stopped to speak to two men who were acting suspiciously on Ashington Avenue and who appeared to be checking out houses.
Sgt Callaghan said gardai searched the men and Redmond had vice grips and gloves while Donoghue had a screwdriver, torch and balaclava.
The court heard Redmond has 40 previous convictions.
Defence solicitor John O'Doherty said Redmond, a father of four, had recently separated from his partner of 11 years.
The solicitor added that Redmond is homeless at present.
Mr O'Doherty said the defendant is unemployed, and is on a probation bond and working with the probation service.
In relation to Donoghue, the court heard he has 84 previous convictions but has not been in trouble for 15 months. Defence solicitor Mairead White said Donoghue, a father of two, had a heroin problem for a number of years but is now stabilised on methadone.
Ms White said Donoghue was an apprentice carpenter before his heroin addiction, and he hasn't worked for many years.
Judge Lindsay said he was giving Donoghue one final chance and he imposed a six- month suspended sentence.
The judge ordered Redmond to continue working with the probation service.