‘ENTIRELY DISHONEST MAN’ALREADY JAILED FOR DRUG-DEALING
MOBILE phones stolen from a Bangor shop were found in a man’s room several weeks later, a court heard.
Police investigating the burglary at the Qanvoi Mobile Telephones shop in the Deiniol Centre on December 3 last year were informed three of the devices had been activated by the same telephone number.
Further inquiries led officers to visit Colin Owen Rowlands’ home in Well Street, Bangor.
Twelve of the stolen phones were found in his bedroom and he was arrested.
Appearing at Caernarfon Crown Court from custody via videolink the 42-year-old admitted dishonestly received stolen goods and was jailed for 32 months. Describing Rowlands as an “entirely dishonest man”, Judge Huw Rees ordered the jail term to be served consecutively to a 40-month prison term imposed at the end of September after he admitted possessing illegal drugs with intent to supply.
The judge noted the burglary at the shop had had a significant financial impact on the business.
Gemma Gordon, prosecuting, told the court the burglary involved the smashing of a window and the theft of a number of phones, mostly Samsung and iPhones, from a display unit.
The barrister said the items stolen were valued at £6,000, while the damage cost £674 to repair.
She said in addition to the phones activated by Rowlands, another phone was detected as active and traced to an address in Menai Bridge.
“Officers spoke to a lady who had made contact through social media with a man called Colin. She bought a phone for £100 cash from a man she met at Bangor bus station,” she said.
Hannah Horton, defending, said Rowlands accepted 2018 was not a year he would be proud of.
She explained Rowlands had been in a relationship with a woman who had kept his offending behaviour to a minimum.
“But that relationship ended in March and he began using crack cocaine, which put him in financial difficulties.
“In debt, he began drug dealing which led to a court appearance in September,” she said.
● Colin Rowlands