Burglar spotted robbing apartment by Luas driver jailed for three-years

Central Criminal Court
Central Criminal Court

A Luas tram driver alerted gardai when she saw a burglar breaking into an empty apartment near a tram stop, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court has heard.

Garda Ciaran Kilcoyne revealed that the Luas had been passing by the Carrig Court apartments when the driver saw Darren Canning (35) throwing an object through a ground floor window.

She contacted Luas Control to monitor the apartment on CCTV until gardai arrived.

Gda Kilcoyne said he arrived at the scene, climbed in through the broken apartment window and caught Canning in the bedroom with a mobile phone, camera and two ziplock bags of jewellery.

Canning, of no fixed abode, was sentenced to three years after he pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to trespass with intent to commit theft and to criminal damage of a window at Carrig Court, Fortunestown Way, Tallaght on March 1, 2015.

He has 67 previous convictions, including 18 burglaries and seven trespass offences.

Gda Kilcoyne told Dara Hayes BL, prosecuting, that Luas Control zoomed the CCTV camera in on the apartment until he arrived.

He said he had to pepper spray Canning to arrest him at the apartment, which had been empty at the time. Gda Kilcoyne added that the apartment's tenant made jewellery.

He agreed with Luigi Rea BL, defending, that his client had entered an early guilty plea and had an addiction problem.

Mr Rea told Judge Martin Nolan that his client was a father-of-one and had family support.

The judge said he was taking into consideration the aggravating factor that Canning had resisted arrest when imposing a three year sentence.