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No jail for man caught with ATM ‘card trapping’ gear

Vytautas Tarasevicius
Vytautas Tarasevicius

A Lithuanian man caught in possession of “card trapping” equipment intended for use in thefts from ATMs will receive 240 hours community service in lieu of a prison sentence.

Vytautas Tarasevicius (40) was also found to have images of ATM machines on his iPhone.

Tarasevicius, of Jugback Green, Swords, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of card trapping equipment with the intention that it be used in connection with a theft in Howth on March 1, 2016. He has seven previous convictions.

The court heard Tarasevicius was walking along the road with a friend in the early hours when they were stopped by gardai who became suspicious of their behaviour.

The men were found to be in possession of items gardai believe was intended for use in thefts from ATM machines.

Hi co-accused, Deividas Sevcenko (34), of Holywell Dene, Swords, last month received 240 hours community service in lieu of twelve months imprisonment for his role.

Judge Karen O'Connor noted testimonials in relation to voluntary work in Tarasevicius's local community and a medical report outlining his health difficulties.

She indicated she would impose 240 hours community service in lieu of 18 months imprisonment to be completed within one year.

She adjourned the case until October to allow his suitability for community service be assessed and will affirm her order on that date.

Garda Paul Osbourne told Pieter Le Vert, prosecuting, that on searching the men they recovered metal implements from Sevcenko that they believed would be used to facilitate the theft of ATM cards from ATM machines.

Gardai later searched Tarasevicius's car and found further similar implements. His iPhone was found to contain images of ATM machines.

Tarasevicius said he did not know why the images were on his phone and could not explain why the implements were in his car.

He said an “allen key” found on him was for a job in his house and a card found on him was a gift card which he had found and never used.

Leanora Frawley BL, defending, said Tarasevicius had come to Ireland 17 years ago and worked in the construction industry until work fell away during the recession.

She said then he went back to education and had completed a number of courses.

She said the father of two was a “family man” who contributed to his community and did all he could do to make a better life for himself and his family.

Counsel said he was remorseful and contrite and knew he had put in jeopardy all he had done for his family.

Counsel submitted his last offence had been 12 years ago and he had not come to any further garda attention.