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Man is charged over bank card theft

AN elderly woman who allegedly had €40,000 stolen from her bank account by a gang of card thieves was a victim of a wider operation, a court heard.

It was alleged that the gang followed her around a shop, watched her use her card to get the pin number, then distracted her and stole it.

One man, Catalin Tatarasana Miron (48) appeared in Tallaght District Court facing a single theft charge in connection with the stolen card.

Miron, of Donomore Lawn, Kingswood Heights, Tallaght is accused of stealing property at Diffney, Blackrock Shopping Centre. The incident is alleged to have happened on November 8 last year.

Gardai sought a six-week adjournment in the case, explaining that there would be more than 100 witness statements and a "substantial file" prepared. Judge James McDonnell remanded the accused on continuing bail.

Reading the charge, the judge remarked that the accused was only accused of stealing €285 worth of property.

Detective Garda Sean O'Riordan replied that this was "just one charge" and there were two co-accused in the case.

The defendant was accused of using the card belonging to the elderly woman. It had been used 20 times on one date and the woman had more than €40,000 taken from her over a number of days, the garda alleged.

The case was adjourned to March 8.

aphelan@herald.ie