Broncho Bill film inspires youth crimes

Published: 25 August 1913

In court today James McCausland, John Noonan and David Copley, all with addresses in the Ballsbridge area, were found guilty of theft. On 29 June they had broken into the Pavilion at Tritonville Road, Sandymount, and stolen two dozen tennis balls. They proceeded to also break into a bungalow on Merrion Road where they stole a lady’s Sandow dumbbell, a stuffed duck and a snakeskin, before ending their spree at the Pavilion on Lansdowne Road where they stole biscuits.

The youths were ordered to pay £18 in compensation. In their defence they informed the court that they had been inspired to mount their mini-crime wave after having watched Broncho Bill at a picture house.

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