Romanians accused of stealing from a primary school

  Thieves smashed windows to get inside the school where they stole 50 iPads and around 30 laptops

Five Romanians, including a husband and wife and two brothers, have been accused of handling IPads and a laptop which were stolen from a primary school.

Banbridge Magistrates Court, sitting in Newry, heard that police stopped and searched two vans "just a few miles from the border" and uncovered six IPads and a laptop which had been stolen during a burglary at St. Joseph's primary school in Antrim earlier this month.

Giving evidence to the court, Detective Constable Edwards said while the iPads and laptops had already been attributed to the burglary at St Joseph's, there was a large number of other items recovered including mobile phones, cameras, furniture and DVD players, which police have not been able to trace but suspect were also stolen.

St. Joseph's Primary School on the Greystone Road had to close for a day after thieves smashed windows to get inside where they stole 50 iPads and around 30 laptops worth thousands of pounds.

First to appear in court yesterday were 41-year-old Christian Cirpaci and his wife Zorita Lacatus (38), both from Ashgreen in Antrim, jointly charged with handling stolen goods with Cirpaci further accused of permitting Paul Loza to drive his van without insurance on February 13 this year.

Loza (35), his brother Ciprian Loza (29) and 31-year-old Stefan Balogh, all with an address on Damascus Street in south Belfast, were next to appear, also charged with handling the stolen laptop and iPads.

Paul Loza faces a further count of driving an Ivecco van without insurance on the A1 dual carriageway.

Deputy District Judge Peter Magill released Cirpaci and Lacatus on their own bail of £250, ordered them to surrender any travel documents and to report to police twice a week.

Barlogh and the Loza were remanded in custody.

All are due back before the court on March 9.


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