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Teenager allegedly broke into same church twice in 24 hours, court hears

A teenager allegedly broke into the same church twice in 24 hours, stealing hundreds of pounds from a charity collection, the High Court has heard.

Glass and furniture were smashed as the Christian Fellowship Church in east Belfast was ransacked during the second raid, according to the prosecution.

Adam Dunlop (19), faces charges of burglary and theft and burglary with intent to commit unlawful damage over the break-ins on May 23 and 24.

Dunlop, of Belmont Avenue in the city, is also accused of possessing Class B drugs and being in breach of an anti-social behaviour order. He was refused bail because of the risk of any further offences being committed.

Crown counsel David McClean said a skylight was smashed during the first raid before money bags containing more than £600 were stolen from a storeroom.

The next day a hooded man escaped after being spotted on the roof of the Belmont Road church, he told the court. CCTV footage was used to identify Dunlop as the alleged intruder, the court heard.

He was later arrested and found to be in possession of money bags and a quantity of cannabis resin, it was claimed.

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