Dubliner who robbed €5,300 with an axe jailed for three years
A Dublin man who robbed a cash box containing over €5,300 that was later found unopened on scrubland has been jailed for three years.
Garda Alan Roche revealed that Glen Morgan (38) and others followed a cash delivery van into a shopping centre car park and waited for the security man to return with the takings from a store.
Morgan approached the security man with an axe and took the box, before escaping in a car he told gardai he had stolen the previous day.
Morgan of Moatview Gardens, Priorswood, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to robbing the cash box containing €5,341.55 at Clare Hall Shopping Centre, Dublin on July 17, 2014.
He also pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a vehicle at the same location on the same date. The father-of-one has 63 previous convictions, including four years for robbery in 2000.
Gda Roche told Fionnuala O'Sullivan BL, prosecuting, that the GLSS security firm tracked the cash box's signal to scrubland near St Doolagh's Park nursing home. The stolen vehicle was found in the nursing home car park.
Gda Roche said a staff member of the security firm made the box safe to open so the red dye wouldn't destroy the money, which was all recovered.
The garda said he identified Morgan from the cash van's CCTV. He agreed with Fiona Murphy BL, defending, that no injury had been inflicted during the robbery.
He agreed the incident was over quickly and that “the dogs in the street know that if there's any attempt to tamper with a cash box the dye will go off”.
Ms Murphy submitted to Judge Martin Nolan that her client's life had “spiralled out of control” since 2010. She said Morgan was a chronic drug addict and asked the judge to be lenient.
Judge Nolan commented that he would have expected Morgan to have learnt his lesson by this stage. He imposed a three year sentence and directed that Morgan be given credit for any time he has already spent in custody on the matter.
By Aoife Nic Ardghail