Two Romanian thieves, one without any documents or passport, were ordered out of Ireland tody when they admitted possession of five bottles of quality XO brandy worth €127 a bottle.
Judge Kevin Kilrane heard they were stopped in a hired car in possession of the bottles and a set of pliers and a screw-driver hidden in two foil-lined bags designed to avoid x-ray detection.
Detective Paul McHugh told Donegal District Court that Interpol and Romanian police contacts could find no trace of one of the men who claimed to be 42-year-old father of four Boris Onisor. He had no passport.
The second man, 34-year-old Ovidiu Sorin Luci, was known as a drugs distributor in Romania.
Onisor and Luci admitted possessing the property stolen from Supervalu in Donegal town on February 1. The property was recovered by gardai.
Both gave false addresses in Finglas, Dublin, but the court heard they stayed in the Travel Lodge, Navan Rd, Dublin, after hiring a car at Dublin Airport.
Judge Kilrane said he concluded neither man came to Ireland to work. He added: “They had nothing but criminality on their minds.”
He fined them €1,050 each - which defence solicitor Tom McSharry handed into court - and ordered them to return to Romania and not to come back to Ireland.