Man faked break-in at his own house
A MAN who faked a break-in at his own home was caught after suspicious police checked mobile phone records and number plate recognition cameras to see if he had really driven his wife to Manchester when it occurred, a court heard.
Peter Walsh, 54, of Vicarage Avenue, Llandudno, had hidden items in his attic and made a bogus £6,853 insurance claim, the town’s magistrates were told.
He admitted wasting police time and fraud, and was placed on a year’s community order with 240 hours of unpaid work and £255 costs.
Prosecutor Tracey Willingham said he had called police on the night of October 19 last year to report a burglary. Walsh claimed he’d driven his wife to Manchester to visit family and discovered the break-in when he returned alone. A pane of glass had been removed from the kitchen window.
A number of items were supposedly missing, including watches, but he was very nervous and aroused suspicions.
Miss Willingham said checks showed his car hadn’t activated roadside number plate recognition cameras on the route to Manchester. His mobile phone had also been in the Llandudno area.
He confessed to making a fake report and said his wife had no involvement. He’d paid back the insurance company, the prosecutor added.