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Town ban for accused after wave of burglaries

A man allegedly went on a burglary spree after stealing a screwdriver from a supermarket, the High Court has heard.

Edward Cash broke into three homes in Lurgan, Co Armagh, and tried to raid a fourth hours after the theft from a Tesco store in the town, prosecutors claimed.

Cash, jewellery, cameras and keys were taken from the houses, with one victim targeted as he slept.

Cash (26), originally from Dublin but now living at Stratheden Street, Belfast, is charged with three counts of burglary, one attempted burglary and theft.

He was granted bail but banned from entering Lurgan.

It was claimed that he and a co-accused went into Tesco on October 17, asked staff where screwdrivers were located and then left the store with one without paying.

According to the prosecution the two men then headed into the town centre in an Opel Astra to begin their spree of break-ins.

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Money was stolen from the first property on Rectory Park after a back door was prized open with a screwdriver, the court heard.

Two homes on Tarry Lane were then burgled within an hour.

Cameras, two gold rings, €260 and £140 were seized from the first house.

Burglars then broke into a property on the same street and took a bottle containing around £100 in coins as the householder slept in the living room.

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