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Portrush shoplifter threatened to burn store manager’s vehicle

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BT Coleraine

A Portrush man caught shoplifting threatened to torch a store manager’s vehicle.

Christopher McCrory (32), of Glendun Close, had stolen a circular saw worth £100 from the Lidl store in Portrush in January this year.
The next day he took drills worth £100.

After the offences were caught on CCTV and the manager told McCrory he was banned from the store the defendant “threatened to burn his car out,” a prosecutor told Coleraine Magistrates Court on February 25.

McCrory appeared at court via video link from Maghaberry Prison and admitted theft and making a threat to damage property.
He was also being sentenced for other offences on other dates.

On December 21 last year he was disorderly at Glendun Close when he spotted police on patrol and shouted: “You are not welcome” and that officers needed to “f**k off from the area”.

McCrory ran from police to his front door and after breaking free he was taken to the ground and handcuffed but his behaviour was “violent and aggressive”
On January 4 this year police were in the Glenarm Avenue area of Portrush dealing with another incident when McCrory said if police bodyworn cameras were turned off he would “kick the sh*te” out of an officer.

Later that day he was shouting obscenities and attempted to headbutt officers.

Defence solicitor John Murphy said the defendant had 131 previous convictions and said with drink taken McCrory was “causing a nuisance more than anything else”.
Regarding the theft incident the lawyer said the defendant accepted he did make a comment about burning a car “but he had no intention of carrying it out”.

McCrory was given a five months prison sentence.

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