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Man accused of stealing nearly £14,000 of goods from Tesco stores

The charges relate to several Tesco stores across Northern Ireland

A man appeared in court today accused of stealing nearly £14,000 worth of goods from Tesco stores across Northern Ireland.

Lithuanian national Domingkas Svilpa (20) is charged with 11 counts of theft on various dates in February this year.

The alleged offences include repeatedly taking portable hard drives and ink cartridges - each time with values well in excess of £1,000.

Svilpa, of no fixed abode, is further accused of stealing groceries, razor blades and towels.

Belfast Magistrates Court heard that the charges relate to a number of Tesco stores in Northern Ireland.

A preliminary enquiry was due to be held to establish if Svilpa has a case to answer.

But defence barrister Luke Curran raised issues about CCTV evidence in the case.

Based on those legal points proceedings were adjourned for a week.

Remanding Svilpa back into custody, Deputy Dstrict Judge Paul Conway said he wanted to "tie up all the loose ends".

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