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Belfast burglary gang accused Conor Allen granted bail

By Alan Erwin

Published 06/01/2016

Conor Allen (26) is accused of a series of raids last year, including the theft of £15,000 worth of stock from a clothes store
Conor Allen (26) is accused of a series of raids last year, including the theft of £15,000 worth of stock from a clothes store

An alleged member of a crime gang charged with multiple burglaries at shops and restaurants across Belfast has been granted bail.

Conor Allen (26) is accused of a series of raids last year, including the theft of £15,000 worth of stock from a clothes store.

He also faces counts of stealing safes and thousands of pounds in cash from other retailers.

Allen, a joiner from Ormiston Drive in Belfast, was detained last week along with 31-year co-accused Andrew Aparicio, of Russell Court in the city. Police claim the pair are part of a bigger gang behind an overall crime spree targeting 15 different premises.

Allen has been charged with 10 burglaries and one attempted burglary with intent to steal.

His alleged offences include stealing the stock from David Kerr Clothing on the Newtownards Road. More than £2,000 in cash and a safe was allegedly stolen in a raid on a Mexican restaurant on the Lisburn Road.

Other safes were seized during break-ins at a fast food restaurant and a branch of Starbucks.

Allen is also accused of stealing £2,000 and an iPad from a butcher's on the Upper Newtownards Road. He faces further charges of possessing class B cannabis and class C Lyrica and diazepam drugs.

Granting bail, District Judge George Conner banned the defendant from having a mobile phone or contacting his co-accused Aparicio, who remains in custody.

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