Dublin teen steals 'thousands of euro' during robbery in the capital

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A 15-YEAR-OLD boy is awaiting sentence for stealing €4,500 during a burglary in Dublin.

Judge John O'Connor adjourned sentencing the teenager, who has already spent a stint in custody on remand. Bail was granted.

The teenager, who is in voluntary care, pleaded guilty to burglary at a barbers in Swords on a date earlier this year. The Dublin Children's Court heard he broke in to the shop twice in the same day.

First, he took money from a till before returning and forcing his way into into the office where he found the safe.

He was identified after gardai obtained video evidence from security cameras.

The youth was warned he will get a custodial sentence if he breaks his bail conditions, which he has done in the past.

The court heard he made some admissions but disputed the amount taken and has no prior criminal convictions.

While on remand in Oberstown detention centre, he behaved well and engaged with the staff there.

Bail terms, including a 9pm to 7am curfew, were imposed by a judge on August 5 last.

The teenager had also been ordered to stay away from the Swords area and must co-operate with welfare agencies.

A solicitor for Tusla has told the court the boy had complex needs and required stability.

The teen had done well while on remand in Oberstown, going home was not in his best interests and his mother was worried about him, the court heard.

Some of his problems related to his peers and he needed to refrain from drug taking but the court also heard he had emotional and language issues.

The teen's social worker said that the boy went into voluntary care last year. His first placement worked well until another youth was sent there and the boy's behaviour then dis-improved.

He was then sent to a unit in the midlands and after that another one in Dublin. The social worker was of the view that the teenager was more at risk then and he ran away from care in July and August.

The court heard the teen already has a pro-criminal peer group. His mother loves him and all her children but struggles to manage, the social worker explained.