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Car stolen after keys fished from letterbox

A TEENAGER is alleged to have stolen a householder's car while the man was at home by fishing the keys out of the letterbox with a bamboo rod.

Joseph Reddington (19) is accused of taking the keys and the car, which was later found in a hotel car park.

He was remanded on continuing bail to a later date, to decide on his plea in the case, when he appeared in Blanchardstown District Court.

Mr Reddington, with an address at Cherry Orchard Grove, Ballyfermot, is charged with trespass, burglary, stealing the car keys and unauthorised taking of the car at Palmerstown Woods, Clondalkin, on July 20, 2012.



State Solicitor Domhnall Forde said the DPP was consenting to summary disposal of the case at District Court level on a guilty plea only.

This means it will be sent for trial by judge and jury to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court if the defendant pleads not guilty.

Outlining the prosecution's case, Sgt Mary Doherty said gardai attended the scene of a burglary in which the house was occupied and the car keys were stolen.

"A bamboo stick was used to fish the keys out of the letter box," Sgt Doherty said.

The car was stolen and later found in the car park at Bewley's Hotel.

Judge David McHugh accepted jurisdiction to deal with the case at District Court level.

He adjourned the case to February 28 for the accused to indicate how he is to plead to the charge.