Men who stole €27,500 of runners to be sentenced later

Two men who stole over €27,500 of runners from a Docklands trailer last year will be sentenced later at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Two men who stole over €27,500 of runners from a Docklands trailer last year will be sentenced later at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Fred Turner (aged 43) of Broombridge Road, Cabra West and Keith Russell (aged 35), Drumcliffe Road, Cabra told gardaí they drank and gambled the money they got from selling 580 pairs of Lacoste runners at €35 each.

Turner, who worked for Celtic Link Ferries, was caught on CCTV opening the depot gate for Russell to drive his white Mercedes van to the trailer and take 600 pairs of Lacoste runners on July 23, 2007.

Detective Garda Wayne Kelly told prosecution counsel, Ms Elva Duffy BL, that a driver from Seabridge Ireland Ltd noticed the trailer seal disturbed when he went to pick it up the following Monday.

Det. Garda Kelly said Russell told gardaí he gambled €15,000 he made from selling the runners 50-50 with his co-accused.

The detective garda said 20 pairs of runners were recovered, 10 pairs in Russell’s home and 10 at Turner’s home.

He added that no money was recovered because both men, who are now unemployed, claimed they spent everything drinking and gambling at the Galway Festival.

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