Asda staff ‘tailed’ thief who made off with TVs

Asda in Enniskillen

A COURT has heard how staff at Asda in Enniskillen followed a man after he loaded a heist of goods including three televisions into his van and made off.
William McDonagh (35) initially provided an address to police as Finglas in Dublin but applied to be released on bail to Windmill Heights, Enniskillen.
He was observed on CCTV footage to enter the Enniskillen store on the evening of 10 May, and place two televisions into a shopping trolley. He then wheeled this into the disabled changing room where the security tags were removed. After this, he pushed the trolley out of the store and loaded the televisions into a van.
McDonagh then returned to the store and took another television along with numerous other goods which he also walked straight out with and again, loaded into the van, before driving off.
Sharp-eyed staff got into a car and tailed McDonagh, staying behind his van while communicating with police by phone.
Officers were able to halt the van when it pulled into a petrol station at Queen Street, Enniskillen. The vehicle was searched and two flat screen televisions were recovered, along with seven towels, a barbecue set, four pairs of boxers shorts, a razor, loungewear and a grill.
All goods were identified by Asda staff as their stock, and valued just short of £600.
McDonagh was arrested and while in custody admitted stealing three televisions, and named a co-accused as having been with him. He told the co-accused the televisions were stolen and proceeded to take took one to his home.
Police went to the Enniskillen address provided for the co-accused – who was not identified in court – and at 11.50pm the same day, a search was conducted of his home. Two empty television boxes were recovered, along with one television.
He was arrested and charged with handling stolen goods and is to appear in court later this month.
Meanwhile McDonagh was charged with the theft from Asda, and while he was being processed a further matter was found to be pending.
On appearing in the dock he was additionally charged with two counts of passing counterfeit currency last November. This involved two €50 – one used in a shop in Tempo and the other in Derrylin.
Objecting to bail, he said while McDonagh has no record in the North, but has a “extensive and relevant record” in the Republic.
McDonagh was remanded in custody to appear by video-link at Enniskillen Magistrates Court on22 May.

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