Two homeless men lived like lords in a five star Dublin restaurant over the 2005 Christmas holidays – thanks to a pair of thieves.
The burglars broke into the Brasserie Sixty6 restaurant on Christmas Eve six years ago and left the door open for a return visit.
When they went back to raid the premises again they found the two homeless men inside and the four decided to sit down to Christmas dinner together.
Their festive feast and frolics were captured on CCTV and the failure of the restaurant’s alarm system resulted in a court case at Dublin’s Circuit Civil Court as the owners sued their security firm.
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During the case, the judge heard that the thieves originally made off with a quantity of drinks and foodbut left the door open so they could return.
By the time they got back to the George’s Street premises, the two homeless men had found the rear door to the restaurant ajar and were already inside.
The Irish Independent reports that the two homeless men settled into the restaurant’s ‘funky and stylish surroundings’ and spent the day sampling fine wines from the restaurant’s ‘expertly chosen wine list’.
They also tucked into food from a menu which includes ‘poultry reared on natural foods, bread from artisan bakers and carefully sourced meat and fish from local fishmongers and butchers’.
The two burglars then returned on Christmas Day to join the pair in a five star feast before leaving with a quantity of wines, spirits and food, paintings, electronic equipment and €8,000 scooped out of the restaurant’s drop-safe.
The incident also cost the restaurant €11,000 in physical damage as well as damage to food that spoiled when they left the refrigerator doors open.
It came to light when the owners sued the security company who supplied the alarm system responsible for guarding the building.
The case was settled out of court when the Judge heard that three of the four diners had been prosecuted while the fourth had died before their case was run.