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