Pro­lific thief jailed for steal­ing cash, keys and rum from home

South Wales Echo - - NEWS -

A PRO­LIFIC thief who broke into a home in Cardiff be­fore mak­ing off with a wal­let, keys and a bot­tle of rum has been jailed.

Prose­cu­tors said 34-year-old Matthew Young had been be­fore the courts for more than 60 pre­vi­ous of­fences, in­clud­ing 21 thefts.

The court heard the in­ci­dent oc­curred on Satur­day, April 29, at Black­weir Ter­race in Cathays.

Kathryn Lane, pros­e­cut­ing, said the two oc­cu­pants were at home at the time. One of the vic­tims was in her bed­room when she heard a noise and shouted “hello”.

Ms Lane said: “Shortly af­ter­wards, she saw a male run out of the house and down a nearby lane.”

The court heard a ruck­sack was taken, con­tain­ing a wal­let with cash and cards, keys plus a bot­tle of Cap­tain Mor­gan rum. Po­lice found the bag in a lane but the cards had been taken from the wal­let. Ms Lane said the vic­tim man­aged to can­cel his cards be­fore they were used but there was ev­i­dence a co-de­fen­dant tried to use them in Spar and Sub­way in the city cen­tre.

Prose­cu­tors told the court Young had 27 con­vic­tions for 63 of­fences, in­clud­ing 21 thefts.

Young, of Bute Street, Bute­town, Cardiff, ad­mit­ted bur­glary.

Aled Watkins, de­fend­ing, said his client had been a heroin user for years and was cur­rently hav­ing coun­selling.

At the last hear­ing on Septem­ber 1 he asked the judge to ad­journ the case for a pre-sen­tence re­port. Recorder Pa­trick Har­ring­ton QC agreed but warned the de­fen­dant to ex­pect a cus­to­dial sen­tence. Young was jailed for 18 months and or­dered to pay a £140 vic­tim sur­charge.

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