Teen involved in €550 phone theft scam was 'easily caught'
A teenager involved in the theft of a mobile phone that was fraudulently ordered for delivery had been "easily caught" by gardai.
Bruno Dimosi (19) was arrested after officers carried out a surveillance operation as the phone was delivered.
It had been ordered using a bogus credit card.
A court heard Dimosi had been asked by a friend to get involved and he had been "easily caught".
Judge David McHugh told Dimosi he could avoid a four-month jail sentence if he carried out 200 hours of community service.
Dimosi, from Ballykelly, Newcastle, Co Dublin, pleaded guilty to stealing a Samsung Galaxy S7, worth €550.
Blanchardstown District Court heard the theft happened at Newcastle Boulevard on June 20 this year.
The phone was bought with a pre-paid Mastercard from Three Ireland and on the day it was delivered to the correct address.
A surveillance operation was put in place and the accused was subsequently arrested. He had no previous convictions.
Dimosi was asked to become involved by a friend and he got "caught up in this," his lawyer said.
It was "very easy to catch him" when the offence was discovered following an investigation.
He was traced and made admissions to gardai, providing a voluntary statement.
Judge McHugh noted that it was somebody else who actually took the property.
He said he would impose a community service order.