Abergele burglar pleads guilty after he was spotted on CCTV


Staff reporter (Rhyl Journal)

A 29-year-old bungling burglar whose hood failed to hide his face has been sent to the crown court for sentence.

Karl Dawe of South Parade, Pensarn, Abergele, pleaded guilty at a special weekend court at Llandudno to stealing jewellery worth £2,868 in an early-hours burglary on Friday.

David Mainstone, prosecuting, said CCTV had shown a partly hooded man break into the shop in the main street at Abergele at 1.52am then return at 3.08am to remove the jewellery. However, a police officer had been able to recognise the images.

He’d been arrested at Rhyl bus station with £210 in his possession but denied this was from the sale of the rings, bracelets and other items. Mr Mainstone said Dawe had a bad record, with 34 convictions including for dwelling house burglaries.

Defence solicitor Nia Dawson said drink was to blame. There was no pre-planning and Dawe, who was on benefits, had only half-covered his face.

He gained only £10 from the theft and claimed he’d lost the rest of the jewellery, though she believed it must have been stolen from him.

Dawe was refused bail after Mr Mainstone pointed out that at the time he’d been on a 7pm-7am police curfew. He will appear at Caernarfon crown court later this month.

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