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Dublin teen busted for stealing CCTV cameras from supermarket

CourtsBy Tom Tuite
The 16-year-old boy pleaded guilty at the Dublin Children's Court to a litany of offences
The 16-year-old boy pleaded guilty at the Dublin Children's Court to a litany of offences

A Dublin teenager is awaiting sentencing for stealing security cameras from a supermarket during a crime spree.

The 16-year-old boy pleaded guilty at the Dublin Children's Court to a litany of offences committed over recent months.

Judge John O'Connor heard that on July 30th last a car was stolen in Clonee in Co. Dublin. The teen was spotted parking it in Clondalkin in the city's west side. The passenger window had been smashed and its cowling and ignition bar had been "ripped from the car". The teenager had a cut to the side of his face and there was blood on the car seat.

The teenager also pleaded guilty to unlawfully interfering with a car at Liffey Terrace in Chapelizod in Dublin on July 25th last. He and two other youths were "disturbed" and ran and a screwdriver was left at the scene. The boy admitted stealing two CCTV cameras, worth €300, from a SuperValu shop at Neilstown Road,  in Clondalkin on a date in August and he also pleaded guilty to criminal damage to the security cameras' casing.

He was caught travelling as a passenger in a stolen car in Clondalkin on September 11th. Earlier that day he had been seen driving it but failed to stop for gardai. He also pleaded guilty to driving without a licence or insurance on July 30th.

Judge John O'Connor adjourned the case and further remanded the boy in custody until a date later this month when the 16-year-old already has "another tranche of charges" in for sentencing. A pre-sentence probation has been sought.

The boy, who was accompanied to court by his mother, has pleaded not guilty to breach of the peace, possessing stolen property and motor theft charges and will face trial on these charges in January.