Installer who stole 30 Sky TV boxes gets suspended sentence
A SKY box installer from Enniscorthy who stole 30 boxes and advertised them for sale online escaped a jail term last week.
Kenneth Bowe, aged 33, of Dranagh, in Borovale, Enniscorthy, pleaded guilty to the theft of a Sky box worth €400 in December 2011 and 29 more 'at undisclosed locations' in Waterford, between May 2012 and January 2013. The boxes were estimated at being worth €4,000.
Waterford District Court Judge Kevin Staunton on Monday (January 12) of last week said that he was 'satisfied' that the theft from Sierra 'was an intricate, complex scheme' over a prolonged period of time.
Det Garda Emmet Dunphy told Judge Staunton that Bowe was found to have stolen the boxes when Sky staff did 'test purchases' of boxes online while these were never assigned to Sky customers.
Bowe set up a company called 'Eirview' advertising on adverts.ie, while he was tracked down through his contact details there.
For the theft of the box in December 2011, Judge Staunton handed down a six month sentence, suspended for 12 months. He also received a nine month suspended sentence for the additional 29 boxes, with both to run concurrently.
Bowe had paid back €4,200 in cash and all confiscated property was handed back to Sierra.