The investigation of a spate of burglaries throughout Cork and Kerry where over €90,000 worth of property was stolen led gardaí to the door of a Lithuanian couple where they found some of the stolen property.
Judge David Riordan imposed a three-year-jail term on Alexsandras Pelesok, 33, and suspended the last two years on condition that the defendant would leave the country for five years within 48 hours of his release from prison.
That sentence was imposed on him on two charges of handling stolen property, namely stolen computers.
In respect of the defendant’s partner Egle Aniulyte, 28, the judge imposed a sentence of two-and-a-half years which was suspended entirely. He also directed her to do a community service order of 240 hours.
Again the sentences imposed on her were for possession of stolen property, namely jewellery.
Prosecution barrister, Siobhán Lankford, said that on May 1 a jury was sworn in for the trial of both Lithuanians. However, they pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing stolen property.
Ms Lankford said that by agreement of the defence, the prosecution would outline the background to the burglaries related to this and other stolen property even though Pelesok and Aniulyte had only pleaded guilty to handling stolen computers and jewellery, respectively.
Garda Martin Bohane said burglaries were carried out at locations in West Cork; Midleton, Co Cork, and Kenmare, Co Kerry, between 2010 and 2012.
Burglaries were carried out at the Secret Garden in Kenmare, Enabis in Schull, Co Cork, Crowley and McCarthy accountants in Midleton, O’Neill’s butchers in Clonakilty, Inspire Design and Print in Clonakilty, and New Town pharmacy in Bantry.
The total value of property stolen amounted to over €90,000 between property and cash. The biggest single burglary occurred at Enabis where €20,000 in cash and over €48,000 in jewellery was stolen.
Approximately €10,000 worth of property, namely computers and jewellery was recovered at the defendants’ rented home and garage at The Hawthorns, Skibbereen, Co Cork, and at a relative’s home at Glencurris, Skibbereen, when they were searched under warrant on Mar 15, 2012.
Gareth Fleming, defence barrister, said Pelesok came to Cork where he joined his partner, Aniulyte, and they had a child.
Mr Fleming said the plea of guilty had avoided the necessity of a lengthy trial.
Garda Bohane said that the only evidence the defendant had for income was in the form of odd-jobs for builders but that he could not identify any past employer.
Vicki Buckley, barrister for Aniulyte, said she had purchased the jewellery at a stall on Cornmarket Street in Cork city but had been reckless as to whether or not it was stolen.
Judge Riordan put Aniulyte’s offences at the lower end of the scale for handling stolen property and put Pelesok’s crimes in the middle range for such crimes.