€500 taken in ATM card theft

A lady had €500 stolen when she left her card in an ATM at a local bank.

A lady had €500 stolen when she left her card in an ATM at a local bank.

A 34 year-old man Padraig McDonagh stated to be living a long number of years elsewhere in the country and with an address at 2, Meadow Lane, Roscommon Road, Athlone admitted the offence at Dundalk Court on Wednesday last.

He was given a ten month suspended jail sentence. He was ordered to enter a bond of €500 to keep the peace for ten months

The defendant had previous convictions for theft. His solicitor Conor McGuill said he was a gambler at that time and received treatment, but temptation fell in his way when he was in the area. He was standing in the queue at the bank when the lady left. He returned the card to the lady, and had brought the €500 to court and unreservedly apologized to her.

Garda Inspector Martin Beggy said the offence occurred February 5th last at the Permanent TSB, Clanbrassil Street. The defendant was arrested on September 23rd and admitted the offence and said he was sorry. He had previous convictions for theft for which he was fined at Dundalk District Court in 2005.