Belfast Telegraph

Poundstretcher armed raid accused is banned from stores

By Alan Erwin

A man allegedly stole more than £1,000 in cash during an armed raid on a Poundstretcher store, a court has heard.

Christopher Ross is also accused of seizing vouchers from the branch in Newtownabbey while armed with a knife on Tuesday night.

The 25-year-old, of Glenbank Drive in north Belfast, was granted bail but banned from a surrounding shopping centre.

Ross appeared before Belfast Magistrates Court charged with robbing Poundstretcher on Longwood Road of £1,075 in cash and £125 in vouchers. A detective confirmed he is to be further charged with possessing an offensive weapon, namely a knife, in connection with the incident.

District Judge Harry McKibbin was told the accused was previously bailed over other robberies earlier this month. He has not been charged with any of those alleged raids.

Granting bail, Judge McKibbin barred the accused from entering the Abbey shopping centre or branches of Toys R Us and KFC. Ross is to return to court on January 21.

Belfast Telegraph

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