Limerick teenager admits stealing 25 cars during six-month crime spree

David Hurley

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David Hurley

A SIXTEEN-year-old boy was sentenced to six month detention yesterday after he admitted stealing 25 cars during a six month crime spree which began last September.

A SIXTEEN-year-old boy was sentenced to six month detention yesterday after he admitted stealing 25 cars during a six month crime spree which began last September.

The youth, who can’t be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to stealing the cars on various dates between September 2010 and March of this year.

The vehicles were stolen from a variety of locations in Limerick, Tipperary, Clare, and Kerry.

At Limerick Children’s Court, Insp Brendan McDonagh said the vehicles had been stolen from outside private homes and from car parks at a number of shopping centres in the city and from the car park at Colbert Railway station, Parnell Street.

The defendant, who lives in the Ballincaurra Weston area of the city, also pleaded guilty to more than 20 other charges including seven for dangerous driving and one for possession of a bunch of filed down keys.

Insp McDonagh told the court that some of the stolen cars were recovered intact but that several were badly damaged or burned out.

Judge Tom O’Donnell was told the defendant has been in custody since the beginning of March when he was arrested after he involved in a serious road crash in the city centre.

The judge says the offences were “too serious” not to impose a custodial sentence and he sentenced the youth to six months detention. He also disqualified him from driving for five years.