Thief caught with stolen iPod claimed it belonged to son but didn't know pass code
A DUBLIN man caught with a stolen iPod claimed it was his son’s, but he did not know the pass code.
Trevor Mooney (43), who had 121 previous convictions, was caught by gardai showing the iPod to a man on the street.
Judge Hugh O’Donnell gave him a one-month suspended sentence at Dublin District Court for possession of stolen property.
The court heard gardai saw the accused with another man at North Strand Road last June 30.
He had an iPod in his hand and, when queried, said it was his son’s. When the garda asked him to enter the pass code, Mooney, of Buttercup Park, Darndale, was unable to do so.
The garda emailed the serial number to Apple and it was discovered that it had been stolen.
The court heard many of Mooney’s prior convictions were for theft.
“The iPod is back with its owner,” defence barrister Ian Fitzharris said.
The accused had “put his hands up” in relation to the crime. He was now serving a sentence for another offence.
Judge O’Donnell suspended the latest one-month jail term for 18 months.