A BURGLAR who swiped tools worth thousands of pounds in a daylight raid was snared by cameras installed because of road works in the area, a court has heard.
Colin Rockett (35), whose address was given as Maghaberry Prison but who is believed to be from Belfast, admitted stealing a mechanic’s trailer which he then loaded up with a haul of tools. He struck near Dunloy in June 2016, Coleraine Magistrates Court was told.
Rockett pleaded guilty to charges including burglary of a domestic garage when a twin axle trailer and various power tools and equipment were taken. He also admitted driving offences and possessing cannabis and has been jailed for four months; banned from driving for a year and fined £100.
The defendant appeared via video link from Maghaberry Prison.
A prosecutor said police received a report of a burglary from a garage at a house on the Frosses Road near Dunloy when a large number of tools worth several thousand pounds were loaded onto a trailer which was also stolen. The tools had been been built up over a long period of time by a mechanic.
The defendant claimed he was alone and admitted forcing the lock on the garage and loading up the trailer. The court was told police did recover some tools during a search of Rockett’s property but not the mechanic’s tools.
The prosecution lawyer said that due to road works near the crime scene, cameras had been put up by a construction company and when police viewed footage it led to Rockett being detected.
A defence solicitor told the previous hearing Rockett made full admissions and said although it was not an excuse, a “drug debt” was the background to his client’s involvement in the offending behaviour. Since the offence, the court heard, Rockett had come to police attention a number of times and had served two custodial sentences.
District Judge Liam McNally said the Frosses Road incident involved “serious offences” in which the defendant had gone to a property and stolen a trailer and “trade tools”.