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Sunday 20 August 2017

Ex Google worker tried to sell stolen laptop back

Dariusz Rejniewicz
Dariusz Rejniewicz

A FORMER Google employee has been given a two-and-a-half-years suspended sentence for trying to sell a stolen laptop back to his colleague.

The laptop was stolen from a locker at Google's headquarters in Dublin 4. Dariusz Rejniewicz (29) was caught in a sting operation the next day as he tried to sell it back to its owner.

Rejniewicz of Fairview Strand, Fairview, Dublin but originally from Poland, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to handling stolen property at McDonald's on Grafton Street on January 13, 2013. He had been remanded on bail pending sentence when evidence was first heard last November.

Garda Barry Keegan told prosecuting counsel, Marie Torrens BL, that the laptop's owner noticed it missing at the end of the work day. He was told by a colleague, who is not before the court, that he could have it back in return for €700.

He was then put in touch with Rejniewicz who said it would cost €500. The owner alerted gardai before agreeing to meet Rejniewicz the next day.

Gda Keegan arranged to arrest Rejniewicz once he got a signal from the laptop owner that the exchange was going ahead.

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