Burglary accused allegedly found in storeroom wearing rubber gloves

Bishop Street Courthouse
Bishop Street Courthouse

Bishop Street Courthouse

Robert Barry Crossan, (37), of Hawthorn Terrace and 27-year-old Michael Ward, whose address was given as Methodist Mission, are charged with burglary with intent to steal on August 18.

Derry Magistrates Court heard the charge relates to an alleged incident at Bradleys Pharmacy on the Northland Road.

The court was told police received an emergency call from a “distressed female” in the early hours of the morning. She lived in the flat above the pharmacy and claimed people were trying to kick in her door.

When police arrived they allegedly discovered damage to the door of the flat and further damage to the door of the pharmacy storeroom.

They allegedly saw a man in dark clothing lifting items off the shelves. He was identified as Crossan by an officer at the scene and was allegedly wearing blue rubber gloves. Police searched the 37-year-old and discovered a further pair of rubber gloves and three blue tablets.

It was revealed Ward was found a short time later hiding behind a door and he was also wearing rubber gloves. Police found a crowbar lying beside the door and when they searched the 27-year-old they discovered a bottle of Tamazipan tablets with a Bradleys Pharmacy label on it.

An investigating officer told the court that during interview Ward admitted being at the property and lifting a bottle of tablets. He also admitted wearing rubber gloves to “avoid fingerprints”.

Crossan claimed he was at the property to go to a party for someone who was moving to Australia or New Zealand. He further claimed he was blowing up the rubber gloves “for fun” and that the blue tablets police found were viagra he had bought from a stall in the last couple of weeks.

Opposing bail, the officer said police feared both men would re-offend. She added that Ward was only released from prison in July and the Methodist Mission were unwilling to have him back and Crossan was in breach of a suspended sentence.

Refusing bail, District Judge Barney McElholm said there was a clear risk of re-offending. He added that Crossan “seems to be suffering from delusions if her thinks anyone is going to believe his story”.

Both men were remanded in custody and will appear in court again via videolink on September 12.