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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Thief caught on CCTV taking laptop from restaurant office

Burglar David Cummins had 120 previous convictions
Burglar David Cummins had 120 previous convictions

A burglar was caught after he failed to hide his face from CCTV cameras in a crime that was described as "not sophisticated".

David Cummins (27) stole a laptop after getting into an office at a pub and restaurant in north Dublin.

Judge Victor Blake gave him a 10-month prison sentence when he admitted a theft charge.

Cloverhill District Court heard the incident happened at Jade Palace Restaurant in Applewood Village, Swords, last February 25.

The court heard Cummins was seen on CCTV in the stairwell leading to the restaurant.

He went into the offices of the Orchard Pub, then left the building. Less than an hour later he re-entered the offices and was seen leaving the first floor window with an Acer laptop.

ADDICTION

Gardai found the lock had been slipped and the laptop was not recovered.

The court heard Cummins, of Cherry Park, Rivervalley, Swords, had 120 previous convictions.

He apologised for the latest incident, which related to his drug addiction, his barrister Jane Horgan Jones said.

"It is clear from the facts that it wasn't a particularly sophisticated incident," she said. "Mr Cummins made no attempt to hide his face from the CCTV and was arrested as a result."

He had served a prison sentence and was released while he was still in the grip of an addiction to alcohol and tablets.

Judge Blake said he appreciated that Cummins had apologised, but a computer was an important item, not alone for its monetary value but for the data that was stored on it.

He backdated the sentence to February.

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