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Man in court accused of a catalogue of car thefts across Northern Ireland

A Lithuanian man has been remanded into custody accused of stealing cars worth an estimated £500,000

A Lithuanian man has been remanded into custody accused of a catalogue of car thefts across Northern Ireland

Appearing in the dock at Newry Magistrates Court and speaking through an interpreter, 29-year-old Algimantas Scipouas confirmed he understood the 29 charges against him.

Scipouas, from Dunlade Road in Greysteel, faces 28 counts of theft allegedly committed on dates between May last year and February this year.

Amongst the charges it is alleged that he stole a Range Rover, a Mercedes and 26 Audi cars including a £25,000 Q7 model.

A 29th count, also alleging car theft, had been before the court last Thursday.

The allegations relate to the theft of a series of high-value cars with a total value of around £500,000 from all over Northern Ireland.

Giving evidence to the court on Saturday, a police detective connected Scipouas to the charges and described the offences as "keyless thefts", saying the modus operandi was that technology was used to clone brand new keys.

As there was no application from bail, District Judge Eamon King remanded the accused into custody to appear again on May 18 via videolink.

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