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Belfast man accused of stealing 11 cars during 40 break-ins appears in court

A 29-year-old man has appeared in court accused of stealing 11 cars during more than 40 break-ins across Greater Belfast.

Samuel Crawford is charged with 27 counts of burglary and a further 16 attempted burglaries.

The alleged offences were committed at homes in Belfast and Newtownabbey between September 2015 and August 2016.

Crawford, of Glasgow Street in the city, was arrested by police in Antrim last month.

He allegedly took vehicles including BMW, Ford, Volkwagen and Alfa Romeo models in some of the house raids.

Other charges relate to the theft of iPads, iPhones, other tablet devices, and a Playstation games system.

Hundreds of pounds in cash, a gold chain, a pair of glasses, camera filters, a speaker set, aftershave and bottles of spirits were also stolen from houses targeted, it is claimed.

Crawford was released on continuing bail after appearing for the first time at Belfast Magistrates' Court on Monday.

He is due back in court next month.

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