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Teen snapped walking away after safe theft

A GOOD Samaritan who took a picture of a teenager walking down a street carrying a stolen safe helped gardai to solve a burglary, a court heard.

Martin Carmody (18) had taken the small safe from a house in Goatstown.

Judge John Lindsay ordered a probation report and the payment of compensation and adjourned sentencing to October.

The defendant, of Greenhills Grove in Tallaght, admitted before Dun Laoghaire District Court to burglary.

The incident, contrary to the theft and fraud offences act, took place at Drummartin Crescent in Goatstown on September 3 last year.

Garda Michael Lynch said the injured party returned home to find the door locked and two men exiting the rear of his property.

Gda Lynch said the victim saw Carmody carrying a small safe, which he had taken out of a bedroom wardrobe.

Gda Lynch said the victim tried to follow the defendant.

He said an eye-witness saw Carmody holding the safe at Lower Kilmacud Road, thought it looked suspicious and took a picture of the defendant on his mobile phone.

Gda Lynch said the defendant was later identified by gardai from the mobile phone picture.

DROPPED

The safe, which was valued at €50, was dropped by the defendant, but was later recovered undamaged by gardai.

Gda Lynch said some €400 worth of damage was done to a rear window of the house.

The court heard Carmody has never been in trouble before.

Defence solicitor Jeremy Ring said Carmody was a juvenile when this incident occurred, but it took some time for DPP's directions to be received.

Mr Ring said the defendant, who is unemployed and on social welfare, recently got married and he and his wife are expecting their first child.

Mr Ring said Carmody's father was in court to support his son.

He said no one in Carmody's family have ever been in trouble with gardai before and his father was very disappointed with his son.

In relation to the incident, Mr Ring said Carmody, who left school before his Junior Certificate, was "led astray" by other individuals.

Mr Ring said Carmody has no addiction problems, and has no other matters before the court.

The solicitor asked Judge Lindsay to adjourn the matter to allow Carmody to pay compensation to the injured party.

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