A YOUTH has admitted stealing 25 tablet computers during a series of brazen burglaries at Reads bookshop on Nassau Street.
The 17-year-old boy pleaded guilty at the Dublin Children's Court to burglary and attempted theft charges in connection with the offences which occurred on July 6, twice on July 7 and again on July 8 last. Over the first two dates, the youth, who is from Romania, went into the shop's storeroom and removed 25 tablet computers with a total value of €5,475 and left the premises.
A day later the boy and a group of people returned and another 20 tablet computers, which were each worth €219, were taken from the storeroom and put on the shop floor. This time another theft was foiled when a member of staff noticed what was happening.
Gda Cathal Feely agreed with defence solicitor Michelle Finan that the boy was co-operative and made admissions following his arrest. Judge John O'Connor said the boy faced very serious charges and the fact that the stolen goods were not recovered was noted, but the possibility of a community service sanction could be considered.
He adjourned sentencing the youth until November 12.