Security guard stole from three companies on his patrol

A security guard who repeatedly stole from three businesses while on night patrol duty has been given a two-year suspended sentence at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

A security guard who repeatedly stole from three businesses while on night patrol duty has been given a two-year suspended sentence at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Kenneth Duffy (aged 46) of Upper Rathmines Road, Rathmines had 15 previous convictions including forgery, theft and burglary offences.

He pleaded guilty to stealing from Marketing Networks on Earlsford Terrace and its two sister companies, JWT on Ely Place and DDFHB on Christchurch Square between September 2006 and January 2007.

Judge Patricia Ryan suspended the sentence for a period of two years on condition he complete 100 hours of community service.

Sergeant Brian McGinn told prosecuting counsel, Mr Colm O Briain BL, that Duffy did night patrols for the companies as an employee of Leopard Security and in September 2006 an employee of Marketing Networks started to notice items going missing from the premises.

On one occasion €100 and a mobile phone was taken and on another up to 70 mp3 players disappeared.

The employee had a hidden security camera installed in his office which recorded Duffy taking €25 that was left in a desk. The two sister companies were alerted and they also reported money going missing.

DDFHB reported €1,200 going missing and during the Christmas break another stg£300 (€351.42) disappeared. JWT said €40 and an employee's digital camera had gone missing.

Sgt McGinn said he went to Leopard Security and arrested Duffy who replied: "No problem lads."

Duffy admitted he had stolen from the offices but said he had only taken small amounts and claimed there was only around 15 mp3 players instead of 70. He said he had recently split up from his wife and was finding it hard to live on his wages alone.

Duffy also said that he was spotted on one occasion inside an office with a flashlight but that he convinced gardaí who arrived that he was just locking up.

He told Judge Ryan he had lost his job when arrested and would move in with his sister to allow him to raise enough money to compensate the businesses.

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