Alleged shoplifter is accused of stealing 37 bottles of whiskey, brandy, gin and vodka worth over £1,200 in series of supermarket raids in Ballymena

Ballymena Court

A man accused of stealing more than 37 bottles of whiskey, brandy, gin and vodka worth more than £1,200 in a series of supermarket shoplifting raids has been released on bail but barred from Lidl, Sainsburys and Tesco in Ballymena.

Kaspars Plostnieks (25), of Prospect Place, Ballymena, faces nine theft charges and he is also accused of attempting to steal six bottles of brandy worth £252.

Items were allegedly stolen from the three stores on a number of dates in April and May this year.

Brands allegedly taken included Tamnavulin, Glenfiddich and Jameson whiskey.

The defendant, who is originally from Latvia, appeared at Ballymena Magistratres Court on Thursday where his solicitor was John McAtamney.

A police officer believed he could connect the accused to the charges.

The defendant was released on his own bail of £500 to appear back in court on June 28.

As part of the bail conditions, District Judge Nigel Broderick banned the defendant from entering three supermarkets in Ballymena.

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