Lithuanian man Tomas Bagdzius remanded after series of handbag snatches in Belfast
A Lithuanian has been remanded in custody after a judge warned him he was facing a prison sentence for a spate of handbag snatches.
Tomas Bagdzius (31), of the Simon Community Hostel in Henry Street, Ballymena, pleaded guilty at Belfast Crown Court to a total of 22 offences committed across south Belfast over a six-month period from September 2013 to February 2014.
These included 13 counts of theft, two of going equipped for theft, attempted theft, two of possessing criminal property and two counts of handling stolen goods, and one each of burglary and robbery.
The court was told that during a search of Bagdzius' home in February 2014, 24 handbags were found in a wardrobe.
His partner Elina Sarkaite (32), of Upper Malone Park, south Belfast, was handed a six-month prison sentence suspended for two years after she pleaded guilty to possessing criminal property.
After hearing that Bagdzius had a previous criminal record in Lithuania for robbery, Judge Gordon Kerr QC remanded him into custody for a week.