Cycle-by phone snatcher with 101 convictions faces jail

Gary Moles is from Tulip Court in Darndale, Dublin
Gary Moles is from Tulip Court in Darndale, Dublin

A FATHER-of-two with more than 100 criminal convictions is to be sentenced in July for repeatedly snatching phones from woman while he cycled past them on Dublin streets.

Gary Moles, 25, from Tulip Court, Darndale, Dublin had pleaded guilty last month to phone thefts on dates in February, March and April this year.

He was warned by Judge Anthony Halpin that given the nature of the crime he faces jail unless he can come up with compensation.

A probation report on him was furnished to the court today.

Adjourning sentencing, Judge Halpin asked for an updated probation report to be furnished and ordered Moles to appear again in four weeks.

The thefts happened at Dorset Street, Nearney’s Court and Parnell Square East in Dublin city-centre’s north side.

Dublin District Court heard that Moles, who has 101 prior criminal convictions, snatched smart-phones worth in total about €1,600 from three women’s hands and cycled off with them.

Judge Anthony Halpin described his actions as “a pretty nasty crime, going around on a bike stealing phones.”

“The person has no chance of getting the phone back, he [Moles] is on the bike cycling away. It is not just the phones, it is the people’s lives, they have Facebook and all their numbers,” said, adding, “he has 101 previous, when does the penny drop?”.

His prior offences included theft, drugs and motoring offences, the court was told.

Defence solicitor Stephanie O’Meara had said the 25-year-old has had a problem with tablet and cannabis abuse and would benefit from support services.

His second child was born recently, the court also heard.

Moles, who was granted legal aid earlier, was remanded on bail.