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Judge orders arrest of teen “professional thief”

Judge orders arrest of teen “professional thief”

A JUDGE has ordered the arrest of a teen “professional thief” found guilty of stealing €600 from a 69-year-old woman during a distraction theft at an ATM on Dublin's Grafton St.

The youth's trial in May was held at the Dublin Children's Court because the youth was aged 17 at the time of the offence but he has since turned 18 and is now an adult.

Daniel Mazarache, of Esker Park, Lucan, Dublin, had pleaded not guilty to the theft at an AIB bank machine on Jan. 13 last but was convicted.

The youth, who with a string of convictions around Ireland, had been warned by Judge John O'Connor that he was at “last chance saloon”.

A probation report was sought by the court and sentencing had been adjourned until Friday. However, the teenager did not turn up to face sentencing and Judge O'Connor issued a bench warrant for his arrest. 

During his trial, the court had heard the woman had entered her PIN at the bank machine and at that point she was distracted by two people who withdrew the money and left. He was identified from CCTV.

Investigating Garda Cathal Feeley told Judge John O'Connor that the youth has 42 criminal convictions going back to 2013.

About half of them were thefts while the rest included dangerous driving and other motoring offences as well as criminal damage.

He has been given community service orders, probation, suspended sentences and custodial sentences in the past.

The prior convictions and penalties were handed down by courts in Dublin, Athlone, Galway and Cork, 

Judge O'Connor had described the youth as a professional thief who put the woman through a “terrible experience”. 

The teen did not address the court or give evidence during his trial and his barrister had argued that the CCTV footage quality was too poor to identify his client. However, the judge found the youth guilty.

The judge also noted the teenager had been arrested after a detective garda in Tullow, Co. Carlow, saw the CCTV footage and said he could identify him.