Leader of teen gang behind OAP thefts is jailed for a year
The leader of a teen gang who are believed to be responsible for a string of aggravated burglaries has been given a two-year jail term.
The juvenile, aged just 17, is the head of a gang of youths, some of whom are as young as 13, suspected of being involved in a spate of burglaries across Wicklow and Dublin.
The gang is believed to have carried out a litany of vicious robberies, often tying up and assaulting their victims.
A source explained how, despite their young age, the thugs have become a prime concern for gardai due to the volume of crimes they commit as well as the age profile of their victims, who are exclusively pensioners.
The gang leader was given a two-year sentence, 12 months of which were suspended by a judge at the children's court.
The offences included several burglaries and thefts.
The youth and his gang are suspected of carrying out several serious aggravated burglaries on pensioners in the last number of months alone.
In the latest incident earlier this month, a knife was held to the throat of a 90-year-old woman at her home in Dun Laoghaire.
A youth (15) was subsequently arrested after gardai raided a halting site in south Dublin.
In another aggravated burglary linked to the same gang, the Special Detective Unit were dispatched due to the seriousness of injuries inflicted on an OAP during a home invasion.
Two raiders entered the man's house on the Monkstown Road and assaulted him, before bringing him from room to room and making threats.
In March, a couple aged in their 80s were tied up and threatened at their home in the Briarwood estate in Bray.
The raiders managed to escape with jewellery, while leaving the frail married couple tied up in their home.