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Court told of one-man crimewave across Belfast

By Alan Erwin

An alleged thief linked to a dozen car break-ins across parts of Belfast acted as a "one-man crimewave", the High Court heard.

Tomas Bagdzius (30) used a stolen mountain bike to get around the southeast of the city where all of the raids were carried out, prosecutors said.

The Lithuanian, with an address at Railway Street, Donaghadee, Co Down, is charged with 12 counts of handling stolen goods. He is further accused of theft, criminal damage, attempted fraud by false representation and going equipped for theft.

He was first arrested last September after the window of an Audi A3 parked at Cranmore Avenue was smashed and handbags and bank cards stolen.

Searches then carried out at his home recovered a large quantity of suspected stolen goods.

Refusing bail, Mr Justice Horner said Bagdzius "appears to have committed a one-man crimewave in respect of southeast Belfast".

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