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Monday 18 December 2017

Man admits 'lookout' role in van parts theft

Linas Nutautas
Linas Nutautas

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".

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