Ballyshannon District Court heard how Garda John Sweeney who was on traffic duty at Dunkineely became suspicious when he discovered two car occupants gave wrong details.
He studied CCTV pictures of a pub robbery at MJs pub, a short distance from St Patrick’s Church, Donegal town, at 11.20 on a Sunday morning and he recognised the two he saw in the car.
Supt Jim Coen told the court the car was later located at Ballintra halting site and €1,600 of the stolen money was recovered.
And in Leghowney, brazen crooks break into a house while the owners were in bed asleep, raid the house, then steal the owners car:
Thieves broke into the house around 5am on Tuesday and stole TVs, computers and other electrical goods.The brass-necked thieves then loaded the stolen property into the homeowner's own Skoda car and sped from the scene.
The silver Octavia car with registration number 10 DL 3505 was seen driving in the direction of Ballybofey.
Gardaí are appealing to anyone who noticed anything suspicious in the Leghowney area of Donegal in the early hours of Tuesday morning to contact them.
If you saw something, call the Donegal Town Gardaí at (074)9740190 or your local Gardaí.