A MAN who stole a bottle of champagne in a dawn burglary at a Letterkenny pub has appeared in court.

Myles Connors (41) of Neil T Blaney Road, Letterkenny, was before Letterkenny District Court charged with theft on dates in 2019 and 2020.

The court heard that on September 24, 2019, Gardaí received a call to the Market Square, Letterkenny, where they found an intoxicated male with three bottles of alcohol. Connors was arrested under section 4 of the public order act.

Subsequently, Gardaí received a report that a male had gained entry to the Downtown Bar. CCTV was recovered, which showed Connors throwing a rock at a pane of glass at 6.38am.

After gaining entry to the bar, Connors stole a bottle of Benoit champagne and bottle of Tullamore Dew and Teeling whiskey. The combined value of the stolen items was €297.

On September 28, 2020, Gardaí received a call at 10.22am from Costa at Letterkenny Shopping Centre. A supervisor reported that a male entered the store, proceeded to the till and removed an employee tip jar, containing tips from the previous day. The sum of €100 was taken.

Connors made admissions to the theft and had €21.50 on his person when Gardai spoke with him.

Connors was also charged with an incident on November 12, 2019. Gardaí responded to a call that a drunk male was lying on the road at Neil T Blaney Road.

Connors staggered to his feet, made swings and shouted obscenities to Gardai. After his arrest, Connors vomited in the back of the patrol car. A cost of €110 was discharged by An Garda Síochána to clean the car.

Solicitor Mr Patsy Gallagher said that his client was a 41-year-old single man who had ‘his own issues over the years’.

“All the offences are alcohol related,” he said.

The court noted that Connors had previous but was ‘off the radar’ for six years until 2019.

Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the case to January 11 to allow for the preparation of probation and community service reports.



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