House raider was caught by hi-tech se­cu­rity gad­gets

Llanelli Star - - Letters - Robert Dalling @Robert­Dalling [email protected]­di­ 01554 700811

A MAN who was caught car­ry­ing out a bur­glary at a home in Llanelli was caught after tech­nol­ogy alerted the home own­ers.

Jeremy An­drew Pe­gler was caught car­ry­ing out a bur­glary at the home of Si­mon Thomas at Capel Road in Llanelli on Au­gust 1, as their light sen­sor ac­ti­vates CCTV for 20 sec­onds, then sends them a text mes­sage alert.

They re­ceived one at 2.49am and could hear their dog bark­ing in the garage, where he was sleep­ing.

Mr Thomas looked out of the win­dow and could not see any­thing, but ten min­utes later, an­other text mes­sage was re­ceived.

He went down­stairs to in­spect and could see a man, Pe­gler, who was wear­ing cam­ou­flage cloth­ing, car­ry­ing a torch and wear­ing gloves.

Us­ing ex­ple­tive lan­guage, he asked Pe­gler ‘What are you do­ing in my house?.’

He fol­lowed him out­side of the prop­erty and took him to the floor and asked him again, “Why have you been bur­gling my house”.

Pe­gler, aged 40, of Great Western Crescent in Llanelli, who ad­mit­ted a count of bur­glary and ap­peared be­fore Swansea Crown Court for sen­tenc­ing, replied say­ing: “I’m sorry, I’m a drug­gie, I needed money.”

But in an at­tempt to get Mr Thomas off him, Pe­gler then grabbed his tes­ti­cles.

Mr Thomas man­aged to de­tain Pe­gler un­til po­lice ar­rived.

He was con­veyed to cus­tody where he made a ‘no com­ment’ in­ter­view.

A vic­tim state­ment from Mr Thomas was read to the court and heard: “I can’t be­lieve how much this has af­fected me and my fam­ily.

“My wife made my el­dest daugh­ter check the doors eight times and my chil­dren are also af­fected and shocked by this in­ci­dent.

“I have now got £800 ex­tra se­cu­rity for my prop­erty.

“I this.”

The court heard the in­ci­dent was Pe­gler’s eighth house bur­glary.

Mit­i­gat­ing, John Allchurch said: “Mr Pe­gler ac­cepts he is go­ing back into cus­tody. He was will never for­get re­leased from prison in Fe­bru­ary this year.

“He has men­tal health is­sues and drug prob­lems.

“He men­tioned when de­tained he was a drug­gie.

“He was try­ing to raise money to fund that habit.

“He ex­presses re­morse and re­grets what he has done. He re­grets the dwelling bur­glary and he is sorry for the trauma caused to the oc­cu­piers.”

Judge Paul Thomas said: “What is se­ri­ous about bur­glar­ies is not what has been taken, that can be re­placed, but what im­pact it leaves on the vic­tims.

“If you don’t want to spend your time in and out of prison, don’t break into peo­ple’s houses. It is the eighth time.”

Pe­gler was four years months. jailed and for four

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