Clontarf man pleads guilty to burglary and car theft

A man has pleaded guilty to 31 counts of burglary at a number of homes in the Clontarf area, where various cars were stolen.

Kevin Coughlan of Clontarf admitted to each robbery and stated that he was responsible for the car thefts that had taken place from May 2016 to October 2017.

A total of 14 cars were stolen by the accused, three of which have been recovered by Gardai. Coughlan stole a number of laptops and two engagement rings during the burglaries.

The final car that had been stolen, belonging to Patricia Moran of Clontarf, was spotted a number of weeks after the incident and caught on CCTV footage.

A number of perpetrators were also caught on the footage and Coughlan was then identified to Gardai. 

Gardai in Clontarf then issued a search warrant for the home in which Coughlan was staying in although it was not his own home.

The warrant was executed and on October 4th 2017, Coughlan was contacted by Gardai and by October 9th if that year he presented himself to them.

Gardai have said that he was cooperative and compliant, showing no difficulty towards them when being interviewed and during arrest.

A number of the stolen items have also been recovered by both Gardai in Clontarf and Swords.

Coughlan is yet to be sentenced.

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