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Man with 157 convictions jailed for robbing €27,000 from well-known Dublin nightclub

Man with 157 convictions jailed for robbing €27,000 from well-known Dublin nightclub

A serial burglar who stole €27,000 from a nightclub’s safe has been jailed for three and half years.

Bernard Foran (41), whose 157 previous convictions include 60 burglaries, was out on bail for five years during which he committed two more burglaries.

He was released on bail after his arrest for a burglary in 2009. In 2013 he was caught for a burglary of Bad Bobs Nightclub on Essex Street in Dublin’s Temple Bar district.

He was still on bail the following year when he broke into a room in a Dublin hotel and stole €1,300 from a guest’s safe.

The court head that although he was arrested that day after the 2013 burglary, none of the €27,000 was recovered, despite gardaí searching three properties he was associated with.

Foran of Cloonlara Road, Finglas, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to trespass at O’Neill’s Pub, Suffolk Street on October 4, 2009, trespass and theft at Bad Bobs Nightclub on Essex Street on August 11, 2013 and trespass and theft at Lynams Hotel, Upper O’Connell Street on July 16, 2014.

He was arrested following each burglary after investigating gardaí viewed CCTV footage of the various break-ins.

Judge Martin Nolan described Foran as “a committed burglar” who was clever enough to spot an opportunity and take advantage of it.

He accepted Foran has severe addiction problems and said there is always hope for reform before he sentenced him to consecutive terms of imprisonment totalling three and half years.

Lorcan Staines BL, defending, said his client began stealing to feed his heroin addiction. He said that Foran had managed at various stages to rehabilitate but he relapsed into drug use and started to offend again.

Counsel said that Foran has been offered a place in residential treatment and has been doing well in Wheatfield prison since his remand there.

Gda John Donnelly told Derek Cooney BL, prosecuting, that the staff and management of Bad Bob’s Nightclub were downstairs when Foran broke into the office which was on the top floor of the building.

He found the keys to the safe and stole the cash before leaving through a fire exit door.

Foran was easily identified by gardaí through CCTV footage and was arrested the following day.

Officers searched three addresses associated with Foran at the time but none of the cash was recovered.

Detective Garda Damien Egan said Foran slipped the lock on the door of the hotel room of Finnish tourists staying at Lynams Hotel in July 2014. He managed to gain access to their safe and steal €1,300 in cash.

He was again nominated as a suspect by gardaí after they viewed CCTV footage of the break-in and arrested.

Det Gda Egan said none of the cash was recovered and Foran was co-operative during interview.

He agreed with Mr Staines that Foran was very candid with gardaí.

The detective accepted a suggestion from counsel that there was an override to the hotel safes that Foran was familiar with.

Detective Garda Jonathan Griffith said in October 2009 staff from O’Neill’s Pub spotted Foran outside a restricted locker area. He was confronted and ran away.

He was later arrested after officers viewed CCTV footage and he made full admissions.

By Sonya McLean