A TEENAGER forced his way into a house, ransacked the rooms and stole an engagement ring, a court heard.
Patrick Connors (18) was caught with the ring when he dropped it on his arrest.
A court heard that the garda helicopter assisted in finding Connors and his accomplice after they fled from the scene in south Dublin.
Judge Anthony Halpin ordered Connors to complete 200 hours' community service in lieu of five months in prison.
The defendant, of Belgard Road in Tallaght, admitted before Tallaght District Court to a charge of burglary.
The incident took place at Castle Park in Tallaght around 11am on May 1.
Garda Sergeant Bernard Jones said Connors and another man forced their way into the house.
The house was ransacked and an engagement ring was taken.
A neighbour saw the incident and contacted gardai, providing them with a description of the two burglars.
The two men fled the scene when they saw gardai, and there was a foot chase.
The garda helicopter was called out to support the officers on the ground, and Connors was caught a short distance from the scene.
Connors dropped the engagement ring from his pocket when he was in custody.
Connors has 10 previous convictions, including convictions for theft-related matters.
Defence lawyer George Burns said the defendant had made full admissions and co-operated with gardai.
The defendant got married last year and his wife is expecting their first child in August.