A shop raider who armed himself with a piece of wood was later identified by the pink gloves he was wearing during another hapless attempted robbery.

Scott Grant (31), of Pinewood Green Court, Balbriggan, brandished a piece of timber while demanding money and threatening staff at a Costcutters shop on Hampton Street in Balbriggan.

He ran away when manager Eugene Brown confronted him with a wooden sweeping brush during the raid on December 11, 2016.

Later that month, Grant was spotted trying to get coins from a parking meter to feed his drug habit.

A witness told gardai he was wearing black clothes and pink gloves and an officer later arrested a man fitting that description.

When lifted, Grant had a hammer down his pants. He was released and was still out on bail on September 26, 2017 when he held up another shop armed with a branch of a tree.

This was his local shop and the shopkeeper, who knew Grant, refused to hand over any money. Grant then made off after grabbing €100 worth of scratch cards.

He was identified a short time later when he went into a nearby newsagent to cash in the winning scratch cards. He was arrested and told gardai he carried out the raid to get money to clear a drug debt.

Grant pleaded guilty to attempted robbery in December 2016 and robbery in September 2017. He also admitted an attempted robbery on Clonard Street, Balbriggan on April 17, 2018.

Garda Harry Thompson said that during the last offence Grant tried to pull the handbag from a woman walking home after dark. The victim held on to the bag but fell to the ground during the struggle and was very shaken by the attack.

The court heard that Grant was out on bail for the first two offences when he carried out the mugging. His previous convictions include one for attempted robbery. He got clean of heroin while in jail but relapsed on release.

Judge Patricia Ryan adjourned the case to April 10 and ordered a Probation Services report.