Man is accused of stealing child's bag containing cash and amusement arcade tokens in burglary at a Portrush B&B

Man is accused of stealing child's bag containing cash and amusement arcade tokens in burglary at a Portrush B&B

A MAN is accused of burglary at a Portrush B&B when a child's backpack containing £44 and and amusement arcade tokens were stolen.

Arthur Hanson (33), of Mark Street in Portrush, is also charged with burglary of a dwelling in the town where an intruder was disturbed by a person in the house before running off and dropping a handbag.

The court heard the householder chased the intruder along a street.

Hanson is also accused of stealing a battery pack and fan worth £290 at Main Street in Portush.

The charges relate to July 24/25 this year.

The defendant appeared at Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena via video link from Coleraine.

Objecting to bail a police officer said at 12.30am on July 25 a woman said she had gone downstairs to lock her front door at Antrim Gardens in Portrush when she saw a light coming from a spare room.

She opened the spare room door and a male pushed past her when she challenged him and ran out the front door and left a black bag which contained a camera at her front door.

Initially she thought nothing was taken but it later emerged items taken included bank type cards and a driving licence.

On July 25, police received a report from a B&B at Bath Street in Portrush that guests had reported two children's bags had been stolen overnight.

A bag which had been left at the back door because it was wet and covered with sand was missing. There was nothing in the bag.

Another guest who was staying with her children noted her daughter's mini-backpack containing £44 and amusement arcade tokens was missing from a dining room.

CCTV showed a male entering the property and suspecting it was Hanson police located him at his home address where he was arrested but he denied it was him on CCTV.

A further report was received from the Adelphi Hotel in Portrush that a battery pack was taken from a vehicle and a stand-up fan was also taken from beside a garage door.

CCTV showed a male with a torch holding a fan under his arm walking to a dis-used lock-up.

Police went to the lock-up and located items including a battery pack, a bag, a handbag, amusement tickets and a purse containing bank cards.

Hanson denied stealing the items.

The police officer objected to bail saying the defendant had 81 convictions including seven for burglary and eight for theft.

A defence lawyer said Hanson provided an "alibi" to police, saying he was with his partner.

The defendant was admitted to bail in he sum of £500 to live with his mother at Glentaisie Park in Portrush with a £500 surety from his mum.

He has to be electronically tagged, has a 10pm to 7am curfew; is not to consume alcohol and is to have no contact with injured parties or witnesses.

The case was adjourned to Coleraine Magistrates Court on August 23.

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