City centre shoplifters charged

Published Saturday, 05 July 2014
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Two north Belfast men have been remanded into custody after they admitted shop lifting offences in the city.

City centre shoplifters charged
Brendan McKee stole from the MAC theatre. (© Pacemaker)

Brendan Patrick McKee, 22, and Michael Conor McCann, 28, were jointly charged at Belfast Magistrates Court with two counts of shoplifting clothes worth £415 from Guess and Superdry on 3 July.

McCann, from Carlisle Road, was also charged with having a foil lined bag to use for theft.

McKee, from Stratheden Street, was further charged with the burglary of offices on Ann Street where he stole a laptop and a further charge of stealing cash and electrical equipment from the MAC on 5 February this year.

Although a police officer said she believed she could connect both men to their respective charges, the pair pleaded guilty to the offences and will be sentenced later this month when pre-sentence probation reports have been compiled.

The constable said she was objecting to them being released on bail in the meantime as they both have multiple convictions for similar offences, each are subject to suspended sentences and would be highly likely to reoffend.

In addition she executed two bench warrants for McCann's arrest, submitting that he would not turn up to be sentenced.

Remanding both men into custody, District Judge Harry McKibbin declared: "I think the message must go out that if you so these things and you have got suspended sentences, you know what the consequences are."

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