Czech charged with church theft

A Czech national has appeared at a special sitting of Tralee District Court after gardaí arrested him near a Killarney church where a large charity box was removed.

Millan Gabco, aged 36, of Lartigue Court, Killarney, is charged with taking €150 from Friary Church, Fairhill, on March 8, and with having a screwdriver and “multitool” with the intention of committing burglary.

Gardaí gave evidence that at 7pm last Sunday, Mr Gabco entered the Friary with two others and they removed a large charity box.

A short time later, Mr Gabco was found in the vicinity of the church with the screwdriver and other implements. The incident was captured on camera.

Last year, Mr Gabco received a suspended sentence for handling €2,000 worth of stolen jewellery. Judge James O’Connor warned him at the time that if he did not stay out of trouble for two years he would have to find his way back to the Czech Republic.

His solicitor, Padraig O’Connell, said his client had been saving social welfare payments for a fare back to the Czech Republic. He was remanded in custody to appear again tomorrow.

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