He was caught by a man who recognised tools stolen from Tullamore.
A midlands man, who stole power tools worth about €3,000 euro at a Sunday market, has avoided jail.
30 year old Brian Nevin was caught with the stolen tools when a tradesman found a drill that had been stolen from his van in Tullamore among goods for sale at the market.
Mr. Nevin - of Saint Matthews Terrace, Ballymahon, Longford - pleaded guilty on the basis of recklessness to 13 counts of the possession of stolen tools at Balbriggan Sunday market in Dublin on January 21, 2018.
Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard a tradesman in Tullamore had items stolen from his van on two occasions and had travelled to Balbriggan market where he saw a Nissan van show up with two men who emptied tools onto a table.
When he approached the table, he recognised a drill and verified an inscription on it.
He paid 50 euro to secure the drill, before reporting to gardaí.
Nevin, who has 29 previous convictions, was arrested and gardaí seized the tools, as well as a sum of cash and the van being used.
Defence for the accused said his client was a family man who participates in his local community and accepts he should have done better.
Judge Melanie Greally noted this was Nevin's only transgression since 2015 and
She imposed a 12 month sentence, which she suspended on strict conditions.