Man who used plastic gun in scratch card robbery caught when he claimed prize

A bungling robber who wrote his name and address on the back of a scratch card that he’d stolen as part of a “stick up” at a Spar supermarket was jailed.

On January 12, 2021, Wayne Sullivan took a taxi from his home in Dublin to a nearby Spar shop, and asked the driver to wait for him.

He was caged for 18 months at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court today (Thursday, July 14).

Armed with a toy plastic gun, Sullivan bag-for-life on the counter and passed the shop assistant a note which read: “Do not f*** up. Do not f*** up.”

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She later told police that the gun looked like a toy but she didn’t want to take any chances.

In response to Sullivan’s demands, reports the Irish Independent, she put €126 (just over £100) in the bag, and then added a few bags of coins she had under the counter.

The robber then asked for a few of the higher-value scratch-cards that were displayed behind the counter, before leaving and getting back in his taxi “getaway car”.

A face mask left in the Spar was found to contain Sullivan's DNA.

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A few days later, Sullivan went into a post office to claim the winnings on one of the scratch cards, which totalled €5,000 (£4,230).

Police used the barcodes to trace one of the stolen cards, and found that Sullivan had written his name and address on the back when he had claimed his winnings.

Sullivan has 40 previous convictions including public order offences, theft, and traffic offences.

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In court, Detective John Delaney said he “wouldn't rate Sullivan high on the list of criminal intelligentsia”.

The taxi driver, who also appeared as a witness, said his suspicions were aroused when Sullivan asked him to do a U-turn outside the shop and wait for him.

Sullivan's €5,000 winnings have not yet come to light.

Sentencing Sullivan, Judge Martin Nolan said “His card came up trumps, he cashed it, the money was spent”.

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