A judge at a Cork court has told two outboard motor thieves that the targeting of outboard engines for theft is a particularly disquieting crime, writes Tom MacSweeney.
At Cork Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Sean Ó Donnabháin refused to grant bail to the two men and remanded them in custody for sentencing on November 7.
He said that prison sentences were highly likely.
Giedrius Stoncius (30) and Giedrius Lukosius (33), both with addresses in Mallow, pleaded guilty to the charges of theft in Kinsale in February.
The court was told that the stolen property had been returned to the owners and money had been brought to the court to pay for damage.
The judge said that the methodology and extent of the offences suggested a professional organisation.
Gardaí had warned boat owners about thefts in February.