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Teen boy accused of robbery found living in tent after gardai follow iPhone tracker app

CourtsBy Tom Tuite
Teen boy accused of robbery found living in tent after gardai follow iPhone tracker app

A 15-YEAR-OLD boy was located by stolen phone's tracker app and found living in a tent after a theft spree, a court has heard.

The boy has been remanded in custody to appear again next week when he will be expected to enter pleas to theft and burglary charges.

Garda John O'Reilly told the Dublin Children's Court it was alleged that on the night of September 6 last year, the boy entered the home of a mother-of-two, in Bray, Co. Wicklow. She and her two young children remained asleep as he stole a laptop from the kitchen and then went to the woman's bedroom where he took an Ipod while she slept.

The court was told the woman and her children remained asleep and did not notice anything was taken until the morning.

One week later, he stole a camera worth €200 from a car, and on September 16 he stole an Ipad from another vehicle, it was alleged.

It would also be claimed that during the previous night he stole a laptop, headphones and an Ipod from another car in the Bray area.

Defence counsel Damian McKeone told Judge John O'Connor that the boy been badly affected by a tragic family bereavement. The boy started coming to Garda attention last year after he quit school. “When gardai found him he had the property on him, he was living in a tent, at the back of a garage," the court was told.

The Child and Family Agency was also represented at the case.

All the stolen property was recovered and he was located by a phone app which led gardai to his location, the judge was told.

The court heard the boy was co-operative with gardai.