DUBLIN shoppers were targeted by would-be pickpockets who used a tourist map to disguise what they were doing, a court heard.
Constantin Iosipescu (28) was convicted for his role in an attempted theft, hiding the activities of an accomplice who tried to steal while holding a map.
Judge Hugh O'Donnell fined him €250 at Dublin District Court.
His co-accused – the man who allegedly held the map and reached into the victim's pocket – did not turn up in court and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
Romanian national Iosipescu, with an address at North Circular Road, pleaded guilty to attempted theft.
The court heard plain-clothes gardai watched the accused and his accomplice walk behind a woman in Lower Grafton Street last October 24.
The co-accused had the map and was reaching into the victim's pocket while the accused concealed his actions. The accomplice was trying to remove items from the woman's pocket, the garda said.
He failed to get anything and they stopped what they were doing, but began using "the same procedure again" at College Street.
"They were acting in concert," the prosecuting garda said.
He accepted that the defendant had a secondary role in what happened.
Iosipescu was a chef and had worked in a restaurant in London with "a view to making a career". This did not work out, and he also had jobs in construction.