Youth who helped steal tablet computers in Dublin avoids prison

Youth who helped steal tablet computers in Dublin avoids prison

A YOUTH, who helped steal 25 tablet computers during a series of brazen burglaries at Reads bookshop on Nassau Street in Dublin, has been a chance to complete community service work to avoid a six-month sentence.

In February last year, the 17-year-old boy had been ordered to carry out 200 hours community service after he pleaded guilty at the Dublin Children's Court to burglary and attempted theft charges.

However, Judge John O'Connor heard that by May this year, the teenager had done just 84 hours of work and failed to co-operate with the Probation Service despite getting several warnings. 

Judge O'Connor has told the youth he has to complete the work. “To be clear, if you do not do it, you go in,” he has warned the youth. The case was adjourned until September.

The teenager, who remains on bail, had admitted being involved in the offences which occurred on three successive dates in July 2013.

Over the first two dates, the youth, who is from Romania, went into the shop's store room at around lunch-time and removed 25 tablet computers, with a total value of €5,475, and left the premises.

None of the stolen devices were recovered, Garda Cathal Feely told Judge O'Connor.

On July 8, the boy and a group of people returned and another 20 tablet computers, which were each worth €219, were taken from the store room and put on the shop floor however this time another theft was foiled when a member of staff noticed what was happening.

The youth, who had two prior convictions for theft offences, was co-operative and made admissions following his arrest. His father wanted him to get back into education and he is now doing a course. The father was not aware his son was involved in this activity and hoped his son could avoid a custodial sentence, the court had been told.

Another youth who has also admitted taking part in the thefts, was sentenced to 12 months' probation in December 2013.