Two Romanian burglars who were caught by gardai breaking into an apartment have been jailed.
Constantin Gheorghe (44) and Lacramioara Anei (22) were followed by Garda Kevin Bamrick after he recognised them as suspects in an earlier attempted burglary.
He observed them as they approached several premises before Mr Gheorghe and another man broke into an apartment block while Ms Anei acted as a look out. The three were arrested leaving with a back pack of stolen items.
Gheorghe, and Anei, both of Seville Place, Dublin , pleaded guilty to attempted burglary at Aughrim Street, Dublin 7 on August 17, 2017 and burglary at North Circular Road, Dublin 1
Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard Gheorghe has five previous convictions from Ireland, Denmark and Romania, while Anei has four previous convictions from Romania.
Gda Bambrick told Grainne O’Neill BL, prosecuting, that the pair had been observed on CCTV obscuring the camera’s view of another man as he attempted to gain entry to an apartment complex on Aughrim Street by inserting a piece of plastic into a lock.
They failed to gain entry but the incident and CCTV footage of the trio was reported to gardai.
Gda Bambrick said while on plain clothes duty the following day he saw three people matching their description and observed them approaching a number of premises. He saw the two men go into a house on the North Circular Road while Anei remained outside.
Anei went to the front door of the house 15 minutes later and went in before all three people left.
Gardai arrested the three and found a number of stolen items from one of the apartments inside a back pack the other man was carrying.
Gheorghe and Anei were interviewed by gardai. The other man has since left the country.
Gda Bambrick agreed with Jennifer Jackson BL, defending Gheorghe, that the other man had the card which was used to gain entry to the premises. He agreed with Alan Grace BL, defending Anei, that she was essentially a “look out”.
Ms Jackson said her client has no family here and wishes to return to Romania once his case is finalised. She said he had become involved in this offence when the opportunity arose after losing his employment. He has been in Ireland for two years and is a model prisoner.
Mr Grace said Anei came here a number of months ago in search of a better life. She was in the company of the other man who told her there would be work available. He said once she arrived this work was always “coming down the tracks.”
He said she was told to act as a look out in this offence and was fearful of losing her accommodation if she did not become involved. He said she was using her time in custody well and wished to return home.
Judge Martin Nolan noted the pair were foreign nationals which would make their time in custody more difficult. He noted they had co-operated with gardai although they did not make admissions.
Judge Nolan imposed a two year sentence on Gheorghe and a one year sentence on Anei. Both sentences were backdated to August 2017 when they went into custody.