Men accused of ‘touring the country’ carrying out theft and fraud

Two Dublin men have appeared at Derry Magistrates court charged with theft and possessing articles for use in fraud which police believe to have occurred on both sides of the border.

40 year old Nicholas Keane of Chapel Street and 22 year old Jamie Shannon, of Empress Place, both in Dublin, are jointly charged.

Keane is further charged with obstructing police, taking a car without authority and having no licence or insurance.

While Shannon is also accused of fraud by false representation and allowing himself to be carried.

Derry Magistrate’s Court heard police were called to Boots in Crescent Link, Derry on Tuesday night after two men had stolen electric toothbrush heads and a blank till roll.

Their vehicle was found a short time later in the car park of a nearby hotel.

Both men were spoken to and their hotel room was searched with electronic and cosmetic products, blank till rolls, a printer and headed notepaper seized along with €1000 in cash.

Bail was opposed for fear of further offences and a lack of an address in the North.

A Police officer said the defendants have been subject to arrest warrants in the South in the past and they believe they had been 'touring the country' and using this method in other stores.

The defendants have been remanded in custody to appear again via videolink on November 9.