A local man who stolen a USB computer storage key, as he walked past a table in Dundalk Garda Station, was given a 12 month suspended sentence at the local district court last week.
The court heard Jamie Keelan (35) formerly with an address at Mournevale, Dundalk, is on a residential treatment programme until December.
Insp. Martin Beggy told the court that a Black and Decker drill was stolen from Halfords at Dundalk Retail Park on October2 2012 and was recovered during a search of the defendant’s bedroom at his then address in Glenwood.
He added that later when he was en route to the interview room at Dundalk garda Station, Jamie Keelan took a USB key, belonging to a garda from a table in the public office which was later recovered.
The court heard the defendant has not come to garda attention since then.
Judge Flann Brennan imposed a 12 month sentence, but suspended it on the accused entering a bond to be of good behaviour for a year.
He told Jamie Keelan “It’s entirely up to you....if you stay out of trouble you won’t have to serve a sentence. If you don’t you will.”