House flooded after teenager stole copper tank

Enniskillen Court House    RMG10

Enniskillen Court House RMG10

A TEENAGER living in Enniskillen on bail has been given probation and community service for two thefts, including a burglary where he stole a copper tank from a home causing it to flood.

Shane Patrick Reilly appeared at Enniskillen Magistrates Court on Monday charged with burglary and criminal damage at the house on a unknown date between September 1 and October 4, 2013, and with theft and going equipped for theft on May 10, 2014.


The first charge arose on October 3, 2013 it was noticed that a property across from a building site on the Sligo Road in Enniskillen had an opened sky light, which appeared suspicious. It was also then discovered the back door of the house had been forced opened. The owner of the property had not been there in a couple of weeks.

Inside the home, it was found a cooper cylinder had been removed from the hot press, which caused water to leak all over the house, causing a total of over £9,000 of damage to the property.

The house was forensic examined, and Reilly’s fingerprints were found at the scene. When arrested and interviewed, he made no comment.

The second offence took place on May 10, 2014, at approximately 7pm at Dunnes Stores in Enniskillen after it was discovered on CCTV that two men had stolen alcohol from its off-licence.

Reilly and another man were filmed entering the off-licence and the other man was seen putting a can of Carlsberg into a bag. Reilly was then seen putting a large bottle of Smirnoff Ice into the bag, and then another can was also taken. The value of the alcohol, which wasn’t recovered, was £28.68.

Defence barrister Stefan Rafferty pointed out the offences took place when Reilly, who is facing another pending matter for an unrelated offence before the Crown Court was a youth.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said while the owner of the property in the first offence, where Reilly had stolen the cooper tank, had been able to reclaim the £9,000 loss from his insurance company, he still had to pay out the money because of Reilly’s criminal activity.


Judge Broderick imposed a combination order on Reilly, which consisted of a 12 month probation order and 100 hours community service. He warned the defendant if he did not comply he faced a term in the youth offenders centre.

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