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Saturday 23 September 2017

PC World worker stole Apple goods worth €27,000

Eoin Giles outside court
Eoin Giles outside court

A PC World worker stole €27,000 of Apple products from his workplace and sold the items to another store in a "stupid" attempt to make money.

Eoin Giles (21), of Thornville Ave, Kilbarrack, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to one count of stealing a quantity of Apple Macbook laptops, Apple watches and iPads from the Blanchardstown Shopping Centre store on April 15, 2016.

Judge Karen O'Connor said the offence was a great breach of trust, given that Giles was an employee of PC World.

She adjourned sentencing until next month to allow Giles to gather €2,000 to offer as redress and engage with the Probation Service.

Garda Niamh Dunphy told Dean Kelly, prosecuting, that gardai were called to the store in April 2016 after a stock-take showed that a large quantity of stock was missing.

Staff reviewed CCTV footage, which showed Giles, who had worked at the store for nearly three years, moving the goods out of the stockroom.

PC World management staff told gardai that Giles stole 21 laptops, six Apple watches and seven iPad Pros from the shop.

Giles made some immediate admissions, but maintained he stole 13 laptops, three watches and seven iPads. The value of the goods Giles said he stole came to €27,000.

The court heard Giles sold all of the products, except one, to a man who worked in an electronics store. Giles was given €2,000 and was promised a further €10,000 once the stolen goods were sold. He kept one of the Macbooks for himself.

Sacked

From information Giles gave, gardai identified the buyer as Muhammed Amjad (31), of Merchants Square, East Wall, Dublin.

Amjad was given a suspended 18-month sentence for his role in handling stolen goods in February.

Giles said he was "stupidly trying to make money". He said he did not have a gambling or drug problem and had no previous convictions.

Defence barrister Karl Monahan said Giles deeply regretted his actions. He had been sacked from PC World and now worked in car sales.

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