Two Romanian men, Sorin Aurelian Damaschin, 30, Crumlin Road, Dublin 12 and Matei Siminica, 30, of no fixed abode have been sentenced to 7 years in prison, with the final 2 years suspended, for offences across seven counties from pharmacies in counties Longford, Roscommon, Meath, Laois, Tipperary, Wexford and Waterford.
An early hours burglary at Laois Pharmacy in Portlaoise left the owners with a bill for nearly €9,000 between stolen goods, cash and damage.
Laois Pharmacy was one of a number targeted by the men and a sitting of Circuit Court in Tullamore heard the value of stolen goods, cash and damage caused was about €128,000. Judge Keenan Johnson said their crimes were an attack on rural Ireland. The two men pleaded guilty to stealing highend perfumes and after shave, plus cash. At each premises they smashed the door with a hammer in the middle of the night and loaded the items and cash into bags before driving away.
The perfumes stolen from a pharmacy in the town of Longford had a cost price of nearly €12,000 but would have had a retail value of nearly €22,000, the court heard.
The total value of goods and cash stolen from a pharmacy in Cahir, Co Tipperary was over €35,000 while pharmacies in Enfield and the town of Roscommon were at a loss of nearly €11,000 in stock each and the cost price of stock stolen from a similar business in Dungarvan was over €28,000.
The court heard with the exception of €100 worth of sunglasses taken from one pharmacy in Enniscorthy, nothing was recovered.
The men were captured on CCTV wearing masks and gloves during the raids but in a couple of instances they were recorded looking at premises the day before the burglaries.