Thursday 29 January 2015

Teen stole more than 20 laptops from school, court hears

Published 15/01/2014 | 17:17

Hands typing on laptop computer, close-up
The 17-year-old boy is to be sentenced in March after he pleaded guilty to taking part in a burglary of a Dublin school.

A YOUTH has admitted stealing €10,000 worth of laptop computers from a Dublin primary school in what has been described by a judge as a professional burglary.

The 17-year-old boy is to be sentenced in March after he pleaded guilty to taking part in a burglary at St Mochtas N.S, in Clonsilla, Dublin, in the early hours of May 18 last year, when 26 laptops were stolen.

Garda Brian O'Connor told Judge John O'Connor at the Dublin Children's Court that “26 laptops were stolen from a safe room in the school”.

Gardai searched the young burglar's home three days later and recovered six of the computers, however the remaining 20 laptops, which cost €500 each, have yet to be recovered.

The boy, who is on bail, admitted to gardai that he had carried out the burglary with three other people.

Defence solicitor John Quinn told the juvenile court that the youth had completed the Junior Certificate and he asked the judge to note that the boy had pleaded guilty to all his charges.

Judge O'Connor, who asked for a pre-sentence probation report on the teen to be prepared, said it seemed to be a “professional” burglary which would have been a huge blow the school. He said he was noting the seriousness of the offence and he would have to consider a custodial sentence.

The teenager, who has no prior criminal convictions, also admitted taking €25 from a slot machine on March 13 last year.

Guilty pleas were also entered to motoring and shoplifting offences. The youth, who had been driving without insurance or a licence, was stopped on November 21 last after he stole four bottles of perfume and a pair of jeans from the Pavilion shopping centre in Swords, in north Dublin.

He also gave gardai a false name when he was stopped for driving without documentation in December.

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