Man handled laptop taken by bogus gardai
A DEBTOR called to his moneylender's home with two men who pretended to be gardai before the bogus officers stole a laptop, camera and cash.
Botond Bordos (49) was in a dispute with the moneylender over the return of his passport which was being held as collateral on a loan.
He did not take the property but was "in cahoots" with the two men, and the stolen laptop was later found in his flat.
Judge Ann Ryan ordered him to carry out 100 hours of community service instead of a five-month prison sentence.
Bordos, of O'Connell Avenue, Dublin 7, pleaded guilty to handling stolen property at Seville Place on February 28 last year.
Dublin District Court heard the victim called to Rathmines Garda Station on December 21, 2013 and reported three men had called to his house at Grove Park, Rathmines, the day before when they stole €124, an HP laptop and a Nikon camera.
The court heard the background was that Bordos allegedly owed the victim money.
When he arrived at the house, he had two men with him who presented themselves as gardai and the victim invited them in.
When asked why he had gardai with him, Bordos told the victim he was there to recover his passport which had been left as collateral for the debt.
The victim returned Bordos' passport. At that stage the two men purporting to be gardai searched the house, taking the laptop, camera and cash.
The victim said Bordos did not take any property, but did leave with the two men.
Gardai later searched the defendant's home and found the laptop. Bordos admitted being in the house when the property was taken but denied taking it.
The camera and cash were not recovered by gardai.
There was no indication that Bordos, a restaurant worker, had anything to do with the theft, his barrister said.
He had needed his passport to get a flat and went about resolving the dispute "the wrong way", his barrister said.