Cleaner guilty of pub thefts

Llanelli Star - - LETTERS -

A MAN has been con­victed of steal­ing more than £800 in cash and help­ing him­self to booze and soft drinks from pubs he was sup­posed to be clean­ing.

Pe­teris Pune-Ozolins was em­ployed by the Whit­bread brew­ery chain to clean kitchens at the Brew­ers Fayre Sand­piper pub in Llanelli and the Ba­gle Brook Beefeater in Port Tal­bot.

At Llanelli Mag­is­trates’ Court, he was sen­tenced after plead­ing guilty at a week­end re­mand court held at the court.

At that first hear­ing, Pune-Ozolins, a Lat­vian na­tional, pleaded guilty to swip­ing £520 from a gam­bling ma­chine and char­ity boxes at the Sand­piper on Oc­to­ber 1, last year.

This was fol­lowed by £310 from the Ba­gle Brook Beefeater the next day - again from char­ity boxes and stole three boxes of spir­its worth £20 each.

Pune-Ozolins, aged 27, from Did­cot in Ox­ford­shire, also pleaded guilty to caus­ing crim­i­nal dam­age to a gam­bling ma­chine at the Cross Hands Beefeater pub, Chel­tenham.

The sen­tenc­ing hear­ing was told Pune-Ozolins had been act­ing with oth­ers in the crime spree and while he pleaded guilty, he dis­puted the amount of cash the pros­e­cu­tion stated was stolen.

Pune-Ozolins was given a 16 week prison sen­tence, sus­pended for 12 months. He must also carry out 120 hours of un­paid work and pay com­pen­sa­tion of £830 to Whit­bread.

He was also or­dered to pay £85 court costs and £115 vic­tim sur­charge.

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