A 16-YEAR-old boy has been charged over a €50,000 spate of serious burglaries
He appeared at Dublin Children's Court charged in connection with burglaries from October 28 to December 10 in the Tallaght area.
Thousands of euro worth of goods including Christmas presents were stolen as well as two rare road bicycles, each worth €6,000 and believed to be the only two of their kind in Ireland.
Objecting to bail due to the seriousness of the charges, Gda David Morris said it was feared the teen would continue to offend or would interfere with witnesses.
Judge John O'Connor remanded the boy in custody to appear again on Monday.
He is accused of taking part in a burglary at the Jobstown Community Centre from November 7 to November 9. Gda Morris said the place was "completely ransacked" and the CCTV system including its hard-drive was destroyed.
"A safe in the ground was cut from where it was with an angle grinder," he said, adding that it contained €400. "The damage is €15,000."
The boy is also accused of burglary on October 28 at Tallaght Leisure Centre. Gda Morris said there was extensive interior damage and a safe was stolen, with combined a value of €25,000. He said the teenager admitted his role.
He is also accused of burglary at a house in Tallaght on December 10, when €16,000 worth of property including the two rare bikes - of which there are only 10 in the world - were stolen and have yet to be recovered.
The boy is charged with handling €3,000 worth of goods stolen during that break-in. The court heard he was caught red-handed and there was strong evidence against him.
He is also accused of possessing keys, on November 20, to a new Audi A1 worth €25,000, which had been stolen but subsequently recovered.
He is further charged with burglary at the Little Children's Centre at St Anne's Primary School in Tallaght on December 5 when two internal doors were damaged, said Gda Morris.
The teenager, who was accompanied to court by his mother, made no reply when charged. He has not entered a plea and a decision has yet to be made as to whether he will be tried in a juvenile court or in a circuit court.
Judge O'Connor granted legal aid and said he may reconsider bail on Monday, but the defence would have to give him reason for doing so.