Lithuanian man arrested in north Kerry denies being on ‘a crime spree’

A Lithuanian man stopped by gardaí while driving through north Kerry last night had a stolen mobile phone wrapped in tin foil, third party cheques and two men in his car who he claimed he did not know. Killarney District Court Giedrus Petrauskas with an address in the UK was before a sitting of Killarney District Court this morning. He denied a claim by Inspector John Brennan that he was ‘on a crime spree with two buddies’ in north Kerry. 26 year-old Giedrus Petrauskas of High Street, Huddersfield, England was stopped by gardaí while driving through Duagh village last night at about 9.30pm. He had two other Lithuanian nationals in his car who he claimed he did not know – he said they were hitch-hikers who he had picked up when he stopped at a shop at another location in Kerry. Gardaí discovered a mobile phone in the car which was wrapped in two layers of tinfoil and which had been stolen in Dundalk as well as two cheques which weren’t in his the accused’s name – a stolen cheque had been used to buy a strimmer. Inspector John Brennan said Mr Petrauskas was on a crime spree with two buddies, which he denied. The accused told the court he was in employment as a lorry driver in the UK and was on holiday in Ireland. Gardaí objected to bail saying Mr Petrauskas was a flight risk, had no connections with Ireland and had been very evasive when questioned by gardaí. Judge James O’Connor remanded him in custody until an appearance at Tralee District Court on Tuesday next.