Belfast Telegraph

Dublin teenager 'linked to gang behind hike in NI burglaries'

By Alan Erwin

A teenager from Dublin is connected to one of two gangs suspected of being responsible for a rise in burglaries here, the High Court was told yesterday.

Prosecutors claimed Joseph Cash was involved in up to five daytime break-ins within 24 hours at homes in Portadown, Armagh and Newtownhamilton.

The 18-year-old, of Kylemore Road, Ballyfermot, Dublin, and four co-accused were arrested after police stopped a car in Tandragee on May 19. He is charged with five counts of burglary and one of going equipped to steal.

Prosecution counsel Stephanie Boyd said the defendant had been linked to the raids, which were carried out when people were at work, by footwear marks in three houses and had been picked out in an identity parade.

A blood sample taken from one of the properties has also been sent for forensic analysis.

Mrs Boyd said:"From the start of 2016 there's been a large increase in the number of burglaries throughout the province. Police have connected this to two particular criminal gangs.

"There are four other incidents still being investigated, with evidential opportunities, and there may be fingerprints to be analysed and checked against the suspects."

A lawyer for Boyd submitted an application for bail, however the judge said she wanted more detail and adjourned it.

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