Broth­ers’ £6.5k phone thefts from two stores

Llanelli Star - - Letters - Ian Lewis

TWO broth­ers tar­geted Car­marthen­shire su­per­mar­kets to steal mo­bile phones worth more than £6,500 in what a judge has de­scribed as “pro­fes­sional steal­ing”.

David and Ionatan Bu­ce­nau trav­elled from their home in Port­mouth to Tesco Ex­tra stores in Car­marthen and Llanelli and used cut­ting equip­ment to re­move the phone hand­sets from their dis­play shelves.

The pair, of Hasle­mere Road, pleaded guilty to two theft charges when they ap­peared at Llanelli Mag­is­trates’ Court via prison video link on Thurs­day.

David, aged 21, and nine­teen-year-old Ionatan had swiped phones worth £3,400 from Llanelli’s Tesco in Trostre on No­vem­ber 1 and the fol­low­ing day took phones amount­ing to £3,115 from Car­marthen’s Tesco, in Morfa Lane. Dis­trict Judge Christo­pher James was con­cerned the thefts came two months after David Bu­ce­nau was con­victed of theft in Suf­folk and said the pat­tern pointed to “pro­fes­sional steal­ing from stores out of their area.”

Prose­cu­tor Sian Vaughan said: “They both en­tered the Tesco stores in Car­marthen and Llanelli and re­moved the cord at­tached to the mo­bile phones for se­cu­rity.

“The num­ber plate of the ve­hi­cle they were in was logged and they were found by po­lice.”

A pro­ba­tion re­port into the pair stated they were re­morse­ful for their ac­tions.

De­fend­ing the pair was An­drew Isaac, who said: “It was not a planned theft, they say they had taken a friend to the Car­marthen area to look at a car and David Bu­ce­nau saw the phones and de­cided to take them. He and his brother ac­cept that the stolen phones were not re­cov­ered by the po­lice.”

The court heard David had fi­nan­cial strug­gles which made him steal the phones.

David Bu­ce­nau was jailed for 16 weeks con­cur­rently for each of the thefts, while Ionatan was sent to a young of­fender in­sti­tu­tion for a pe­riod of 12 weeks for both of­fences.

They were both told to pay a vic­tim sur­charge of £115.

Sheep are graz­ing the sand dunes at Cefn Si­dan.

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