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Three men accused of ‘distraction’ burglary at couple aged 84 and 79 are set to have cases sent to Crown Court

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THREE men accused of stealing jewellery in a ‘distraction’ burglary at the home of an elderly couple aged 84 and 79, are set to have their case sent to the Crown Court.

Mikulas Dansco (45), his son Robert Grulyo (18) and Edward Nemet (27) – all of the same address at Fingal Street in Belfast – are charged with burglary and going equipped for burglary with latex gloves and a screwdriver.

Jewellery, watches and gift vouchers were taken during a burglary at a dwelling at Finvoy Road, Ballymoney, on July 22 this year.

During a previous court hearing a police officer said the elderly couple was left “terrified in their own home” that the burglars would return.

On Monday the men appeared at Coleraine Magistrates Court via video link from prison where they have been on remand in relation to the charges.

A prosecutor confirmed the case will be going to the Crown Court.

A police officer objected to bail saying all three were a “flight risk” and would abscond from the jurisdiction if released.

He said the victims were vulnerable due to their age.

The officer said a male had called at the house in the afternoon and after a “distraction” was created another male entered the home and stole items.

A neighbour saw a Ford Kuga car leaving. It was registered to Dansco and was stopped near Antrim town where jewellery matching the description of that stolen was seized and three males were arrested.

Gloves and a screwdriver were also found.

The officer said the men were also interviewed in relation to an attempted burglary in July this year at Ballyrashane Road near Coleraine.

Bail was refused and the cases were adjourned to December 16.

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