Gang appear in court after Letterkenny antiques shop raid

January 31, 2020

Three people have been remanded in custody following a jewelery and cash heist at an antiques shop in Letterkenny.

All three, who are Romanian nationals, appeared at a special sitting of Letterkenny District Court today.

The trio were caught following a Garda operation which led to them being arrested at Lisfannon on the Inishowen Peninsula at 4.20pm on Thursday afternoon.

All three, Daniel Constantin Mandescu, aged 30, Larisa Curte, aged 31 and Vasillica Bita, 54, were brought into court in handcuffs.

They were arrested in connection with a raid at Mourne Antiques at Main Street, Letterkenny on January 18th last.

A considerable amount of jewelery, as well as a substantial amount of cash, was taken when a number of people entered the shop and created a ‘distraction theft.’

Detective Garda Sgt Joe Keely objected to bail saying that he had fears that all three would flee the country if released on bail.

He said he was not satisfied with the addresses given in court by the three defendants.

Solicitor for the three accused, Mr Patsy Gallagher, said these were still alleged offences and that all three could give assurances that they would sign on at their nearest Garda station in Rathfarnham, Co Dublin.

The owner of the shop at which the alleged theft took place, Ms Frances Spears, was in court for the proceedings.

Judge Paul Kelly refused bail saying he was satisfied with Sgt Kelly’s evidence with regard to the difficulties regarding the accused addresses.

He adjourned the case until February 3rd to Letterkenny District Court by videolink for Directions of Public Prosecutions.