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"One man crime wave" locked up for series of thefts last year

The father of four has 118 previous convictions
The father of four has 118 previous convictions

A “one man crime wave” who committed a series of thefts over the course of 2016 has been jailed.

Stephen Bollard (35) who was identified on CCTV after the incidents told gardai his motivation was to get money for drugs. Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard there no violence involved in the offences.

The father of four has 118 previous convictions including 27 for theft, 33 for burglary and nine for attempted burglary.

Bollard, of Marewood Crescent, Ballymun, Dublin pleaded guilty to two burglaries, one attempted burglary, three thefts and one criminal damage at locations in Dublin on dates between March and December 2016.

Judge Karen O'Connor noted it was an aggravating factor that the injured parties had been left at a loss and noted these type of offences lead to additional security and insurance costs for businesses.

Judge O'Connor said Bollard had no history of violent offending and had reduced his methadone intake in custody. She imposed consecutive sentences totalling four years and four months and suspended the final 18 months.

Garda Jane Morrisey told Anne Rowland BL, prosecuting, that on March 9, 2016 Bollard and a co-accused forced their way into the International Office at Dublin City University and stole two mobile phones.

Later that day Bollard was caught on CCTV reaching over the counter and taking €200 from the till at CEX, Omni Park Shopping Centre. Staff alerted gardai when the till was short at closing.

On April 1, 2016 Bollard was captured on CCTV jumping the jewellery counter at Argos, Omni Shopping Centre. He removed items from a display case to the value of €1,955.

Garda Brian O'Connor told Ms Leech that on April 2, 2016 that two hotel residents at the Travel Lodge on Mercer Street reported that their door had been forced and some of their property was missing.

Gardai reviewed CCTV and identified Bollard and a second man wandering around the hotel trying to open doors.

Two days later, on April 4, 2016, Bollard was captured on CCTV stealing a staff members phone from behind the counter at a coffee shop on Drury Street while she was in a back room.

Garda Ciara Padden said that on December 7, 2016 Bollard and a second man were caught by gardai breaking open tills at night in the Ivy Public House, Drumcondra following an alarm activation. The men attempted to flee but Bollard was arrested and some money recovered.

The damage to the property was estimated to be about €6,000.

Luigi Rea BL, defending, said Bollard had been abusing heroin since he was 21 years old but hoped to put that behind him. He said that Bollard now has family responsibilities and needed to be drug free. He said Bollard knows what he did was wrong.

He said his client had been a “one man crime wave” over the course of a year.

He submitted none of the offences involved violence and he did not engage in putting people in fear.