A thief who showed up at a local attorney’s office to admit the raid because he wanted to be jailed has been given a suspended sentence.
Dylan Deegan (24) was on bail for two previous thefts when he approached the counter at Insomnia Café in Belgard Square West, Tallaght, Dublin, and asked for money at the cashier. The staff, who later said he was scared, threw money at him and he fled.
Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that a lawyer from a local firm then contacted Gardaí and said a man had just entered the office and said he wanted to surrender because he was coming to commit theft.
Deegan, of The Grove, Belgard Heights, Tallaght, pleaded guilty to the theft of € 684 from Cash for Clothes in Tallaght and the production of a knife on July 2, 2020 and the theft of Insomnia on February 17, 2021.
He further pleaded guilty to an earlier theft of a man at Back Lane Hostel on April 21, 2020. He has previously been convicted of offenses such as aggravated burglary, robbery, public order and assault.
Judge Melanie Greally previously sentenced Deegan to three and a half years in prison for violent assault in April 2020, after he and another man lured a homeless man into an alleyway.
The court heard that the victim in this case believed he was going to get drugs from the men, but was beaten by both men before any money was taken from him.
Sentencing Tuesday, Judge Melanie Greally said the latest offense was committed with intent to be detected and jailed, with Deegan “effectively surrendering” to the next day.
She said the reports submitted to the court referred to a drug habit that developed at an early stage and worsened, resulting in the commission of offenses to finance her addiction.
Justice Greally sentenced Deegan to three years in jail for the theft in July 2020 and 18 months in jail for the theft in February 2021. She ordered both sentences to be consecutive to the sentence she had already handed down. .
The judge then suspended both sentences on strict conditions, including that he follow all instructions from the probation service for three years after his release.
At a previous sentencing hearing, Garda Adrian O’Sullivan said Gardaí arrived at the scene of the theft in February 2021 after the panic alarm was activated and released a description of the suspect, after have viewed CCTV footage of the raid.
Gda O’Sullivan said she followed Deegan to the Square shopping center in Tallaght, where he was captured by CCTV boarding a taxi.
Gardaí contacted the taxi driver after noting his license plate in the pictures and he told them where he had dropped Deegan. A lawyer from a local law firm then contacted gardaí and told him that a man had just entered the office and said he wanted to surrender because he had just committed a robbery.
Deegan was arrested and questioned. He said he stole money from the store and ran outside. He said he was “very suicidal”, a drug addict and wanted to be taken into custody.
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Gda O’Sullivan confirmed that the money was never recovered and that Deegan was unarmed at the time of the theft.
The court heard that during the July 2020 robbery, Deegan threatened Cash for Clothes staff with a knife. He demanded the money, but the staff said he was calm. He reached under the counter and picked up a purse with the money in it.
The woman ran after Deegan and spotted which direction he had fled before entering the office next door and asking them to contact Gardaí. Deegan was arrested the next day after Gardaí analyzed footage of the area.
He was questioned and admitted that he walked over to the counter and grabbed the purse. He denied having a knife.