A RAMPAGE of thievery and burglary by a gang of young people which terrified residents in a small town has been detailed in court.
Lead investigator Garda Michelle Donlon told Judge Paul Kelly at Dungloe District Court that the offences had a very significant impact on the entire area surrounding Rosses in West Donegal.
Ryan Boyle (21), of Lower Keadue, Burtonport, and Philip Moore (19), of Cruckakeehan, Annagry, admitted a total of 39 offences.
Boyle admitted offences over four months between January and April 2012. Moore, who is working in England and was not in court, admitted – through his solicitor Michael Gillespie – offences over a longer six-month period between January and June 2012.
The court was told they were members of a gang of up to nine or 10, mainly teenagers, who stole heating oil from homes to sell for cash, parts from parked cars to fit on to their own vehicles, and raided holiday homes.
Gda Donlon said juvenile gang members were dealt with elsewhere and there was also one adult caution issued.
The charges against Boyle and Moore added up to a total of €6,000 worth of goods.
The court was told that Boyle was involved with Moore in the theft of €3,200 of goods and had €1,600 – half of the value – in court as compensation.
Moore's charges added up to the remainder of the €6,000 and included theft of a €2,000 triathlon bike.
Judge Paul Kelly said the defendants were on a spree of organised thefts which were not casual events or a one-off.
The cases against both men were adjourned to next January 14 to allow them save money for compensation.