Prestatyn tool thief jailed for 33 months


Staff reporter (Rhyl Journal)

A gas engineer woke up one morning to find his works van which was full of expensive and vital tools had disappeared from his driveway.

The keys had been stolen from his home at Monmouth Grove in Prestatyn.

Defendant Stuart Mellor admitted theft, aggravated vehicle taking and burglary of the victim’s garage in October of last year.

He had denied burglary of the house and was due to go on trial at Mold Crown Court on Thursday.

But Mellor, aged 36, of Millbrook Towers in Stockport, changed his plea to guilty and was jailed for 33 months.

He was warned that because of his previous convictions then he was eligible for a three year minimum sentence.

The judge said that it was a serious matter.

He had committed a burglary while the occupants slept in order to take the van from outside, which contained tools to the value of £2,500.

“You gained entry through an insecure kitchen window. You were looking for one thing – the keys to that vehicle – no doubt because you realised that there were tools and other valuable items inside.”

He intended to sell them to obtain money to find his heroin addiction.

The court heard how some stolen from the vehicle were found inside another vehicle parked in Prestatyn.

Blood staining inside the vehicle was found to be that of the defendant.

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