GARDAI are clamping down on muggers who target iPhone owners in Dublin city centre, a court has heard.
A 16-year-old boy has appeared at the Children's Court charged with robbing a man of his iPhone in Summerhill, Dublin, on Thursday night. He made no reply to the charge after he was cautioned.
Prosecuting Garda Jamie Jordan told Judge Timothy Lucey that "we have an operation set up -- there is a particular problem with people on iPhones being targeted and being robbed on a daily basis".
She told the court that the teenager had been kept under surveillance on Thursday and followed by three gardai to North Cumberland Street.
"He was observed as somewhat a predator beside a woman. He looked at her phone and backed away, she did not have a great phone," she said.
Garda Jordan says the boy later "targeted a male who was grabbed at Summerhill where his phone was robbed".
The court heard that he already had bail conditions in relation to separate charges which banned him from going to Dublin 1 after 6pm.
The judge also heard the mugging took place in that area at about 9pm.
Judge Lucey granted bail to the boy with conditions including a curfew from 9pm to 8am. He was remanded to appear again in May.