Thief caught on camera stealing Dublin City Council CCTV
Jailed for six months
A YOUNG man climbed a ladder to steal a Dublin City Council CCTV camera that had been installed to monitor illegal dumping on his street.
Christopher Robinson (21) was initially unable to get the camera off the pole, but he returned minutes later to finish the job.
Judge David McHugh jailed him for six months. Robinson, of Barry Close, Finglas, admitted stealing an Avigilon Dome eight megapixel CCTV camera worth €1,208, as well as criminal damage.
The Director of Public Prosecutions had directed summary disposal of the case at district court level.
Blanchardstown District Court heard that the camera was owned and run by a security firm contracted by the council. It was put in place to monitor illegal dumping.
The court heard the incident happened in Barry Close on April 6.
Robinson and another man went up a ladder and made an unsuccessful attempt to remove the camera.
They returned a few minutes later and Robinson and the third party were successful on this occasion.
The camera was never recovered and the cost of the damage to the recording equipment was €800.
The court had previously heard that gardai had obtained CCTV evidence from a camera at another location.
The accused was already serving a sentence for another offence when he appeared in court.
Robinson was due for release in April next year, his solicitor Fiona Brennan said, and was using his time constructively, working in the kitchen.
He had a number of previous convictions but had never been in prison before, she said.
Robinson had pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity, Ms Brennan added.
Judge McHugh imposed the sentence on the criminal damage charge and took the other offence into consideration