Man admits 'lookout' role in van parts theft
A MAN has admitted his part in a theft in which part of a parked van's exhaust system was removed.
Linas Nutautas (20) acted "mainy as a lookout" for an accomplice, Blanchardstown District Court heard.
He was convicted and fined €100 after admitting charges arising from the incident.
Nutatas, of Whitethorn Grove, Celbridge, Co Kildare, pleaded guilty to stealing a catalytic convertor worth €500 from a Mercedes van at Griffeen Glen Court, Griffeen Valley, Lucan on October 15, 2013.
He also admitted charges of criminal damage and possession of a ratchet set, spanner and black hat and gloves for use in the course of a theft.
The court heard gardai were called to an incident in which two men were reportedly acting suspiciously around a van.
The accused was found lying on the ground between a car and the footpath with the tools. A co-accused who was not before the court had a torch and snips.
Judge David McHugh said the offence appeared to have "considerable pre-meditation".
Defence barrister Jennifer Jackson said the accused was "not the main protagonist" and was "mainly a lookout for another individual".
Nutautas was now working full time in a garage, "keeping his head down" and participating in martial arts training.
He had paid €600 compensation for the damage.
The accused had no previous convictions and the judge gave him "the benefit of the doubt".