A takeaway meals delivery driver allegedly targeted 20 homes for burglary – including 12 on Christmas Day, a court heard.
tephen Hamilton is accused of stealing jewelry and money throughout a spate of break-ins throughout Antrim and Down.
Police claimed CCTV footage exhibits the 35-year-previous on a scooter on the location of a few of the raids.
Hamilton, of Roslyn Street in Belfast, is charged with 17 burglaries and three counts of tried burglary.
The alleged offences have been dedicated on dates between December 16, 2019 and February 10 this 12 months.
Properties in Bangor, Conlig, Carryduff, Dundonald, Belfast and Carrickfergus have been all targeted.
Opposing bail at Belfast Magistrates’ Court, a detective claimed Hamilton is linked to a few of the break-ins by cell phone cell-web site evaluation and the scooter sightings.
DNA discovered at one other home additionally varieties a part of the police case.
The prices embody 9 burglaries and three tried burglaries on December 25 final 12 months.
Defence barrister Mark Farrell argued that the case towards his consumer is circumstantial.
Referring to the alleged scooter sightings, counsel mentioned: “He labored for a web-based firm that delivers meals from native takeaway premises.
“He had a reason to be out and about.”
District Judge George Conner accepted there could also be points to lift at any future trial.
He refused bail, nevertheless, as a result of danger of additional offences.
Hamilton was remanded in custody to seem once more in 4 weeks time.