Cops who investigated the incident are jubilant after the man was convicted of 2018 burglary from Galliagh Spar when he stole a CANCER FUND FOR CHILDREN charity box and over £1,000 of cigarettes.
During the incident in January 2018, a car was rammed into the shutter of the shop before thieves made their way inside to steal cigarettes and the charity box.
An officer writing on PSNI Foyle’s Facebook page said: “In our hyper connected culture we often see a news story, feel appalled and angry and then the news cycle swiftly moves on.
“We often don’t ever find out what happens with an investigation.
“Well I can tell you; Police held a scene, CSI got DNA and footwear impressions, our Cyber Support Unit got CCTV, Ballyarnett NPT actioned intelligence, made arrests, conducted house searches, seized evidence, conducted interviews and followed all lines of enquiry.
“The PPS then took over in bringing the case to Court.
“As a result a male, who was a juvenile at the time, has been convicted and will be sentenced next month.
“This feels extra satisfying because this was money was for the most vulnerable people in our society – children with Cancer.
“Our communities couldn’t function without our many Charities and the generosity of everyone who supports them.”