A MAN charged in connection with an ATM raid who police spotted twenty minutes outside a bail curfew claimed he was running home after a vehicle had broken down.
Barry Smyth (32), whose address was originally listed as Ballyutoag Road, Nutt’s Corner, is charged with stealing two ATM machines containing £156,540; causing criminal damage at an Asda store and taking a Caterpillar 320D excavator.
The charges relate to the theft of two ATMs from the Asda store in Antrim town in February last year.
Smyth admitted breaching bail.
A prosecutor said G4S alerted police about the curfew breach and the defendant told police a vehicle had broken down and he ran home.
A defence barrister told a court police spotted Smyth as he was “in the middle of running home”.
Smyth, speaking from the dock, told the court: “It was just a total genuine mistake”.
Deputy District Judge Brian Archer said he was prepared to re-admit the defendant to bail and the case was adjourned to Antrim Crown Court on April 2.