Caught on camera and now man pleads guilty to bungled attempt to steal from shop in Ballymena

Ballymena Court

A MAN whose bungled attempt to steal money from a shop in Ballymena to fund his drug addiction was captured on security cameras has pleaded guilty to the charges he faced.

Cory McKergin (25), of Queen Street in Ballymena, was originally charged with the attempted robbery of cash from a shop in Harryville on July 19 this year but that charge was withdrawn and replaced with a charge of the attempted theft of cash which he pleaded guilty to.

When police swooped at the defendant’s address they found two bottles of vodka – believed to have been stolen in a different incident. McKergin also pleaded guilty to receiving stolen goods.

McKergin attempted to steal cash at a store owned by Robert Frew – father of North Antrim DUP Assemblyman Paul Frew.

A police officer told an earlier court that at 6.40am on Friday July 19 the PSNI received a report of an attempted robbery at the shop when a suspect entered the store carrying an object and demanded money from the till.

The suspect left without any money and after a description was given police went to McKergin’s address.

They found two bottles of Smirnoff Vodka still with security tags on them.

The PSNI officer said McKergin told police he entered the shop to get money to feed his drug addiction and that the defendant claimed he was not intending to hurt anyone.

The police officer said McKergin knew the vodka was stolen and that he had bought it for £5 from a male.

Images of the incident at the shop were posted on social media the day it happened in a bid to track down the culprit.

The defendant was at Ballymena Magistrates Court on Thursday where his case has been adjourned to October 17.

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