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Car thefts spree 'like free-for-all' in street

A HOUSEHOLDER saw cars on his street being broken into by two men in a "free-for-all", a court heard.

Aaron Slattery (19) was arrested for his part in the break-ins after he was spotted smashing the window of a taxi, letting his accomplice in and then keeping lookout.

When gardai found him, he claimed he was on his way from his girlfriend's house, but did not know her address.

Slattery was found guilty of causing criminal damage to the car in the incident at Hunter's Green, Ballycullen in the early hours of November 13, 2010. The accused, of Kilnamanagh Heights, Tallaght had pleaded not guilty.


Garda Wayne Gilgunn said he went to the scene following a complaint. After the accused, who was wearing black gloves, gave his explanation for being in the area, he was arrested.

One of the residents, Christopher Duane, said he was awoken at 3am by a loud noise from the car park. He looked out and saw two men walking from it. The accused broke the window of a taxi across the road and got in to open the door. His accomplice got in and searched the car while the accused kept watch.

"There were two lads breaking into cars like they didn't care, it was a free-for-all, they were trying to break into every car," Mr Duane said.

A warrant was issued for Slattery's arrest after he failed turn up at Dublin District Court.