A 37-year-old man was caught checking car handles in the driveways of houses in the Ballinlough area of Cork in the early hours of the morning and has now been sentenced to a year in jail, half of which suspended.
Tim Dennehy has pleaded guilty to the charges against him at Cork District Court.
Judge John King imposed a six-month prison sentence and a six-month consecutive sentence which will be suspended once Dennehy completes his prison term.
Sergeant John Kelleher said the accused and another man were seen at 4 a.m. on December 2, 2021, trying the door handles of cars parked in the driveways of Pic du Jer park.
He was seen sitting in a car looking for belongings in the vehicle.
Gardaí arrived and detained him in connection with the incident.
Dennehy pleaded guilty to interfering with the parked Toyota car in the early hours of the morning.
He also admitted to using a stolen credit card at the Texaco Garage and Tesco Express near Dennehy’s Cross, Cork, on a date in February 2021.
The card was mined to purchase goods totaling €87, between the two locations.
Dennehy also pleaded guilty to a shoplifting offense dating back to October 27, 2017 in Blackpool, where a small amount of hair gel was stolen.
Sgt Kelleher said Dennehy already had nine convictions for theft and one for burglary. He has a total of 213 convictions.
Defense barrister Diarmuid Kelleher said the defendant lived in Cathedral Avenue near Shandon Street in Cork, where he grew up, and has traveled to the UK in recent years.
He said the defendant had a full-time job until he lost his license and eventually lost his job following a drunk driving incident. “It was downhill after that. The alcohol got him into trouble.
“He knows if he can avoid drinking he won’t get in trouble again, but if he starts drinking again he will,” Mr Kelleher said.
Mr Justice King said part of the suspended sentence was on the condition that he behave well and not re-offend for two years and be placed under the supervision of the probation service.