Wrexham man broke into flat to reach shop below

Published date: 23 December 2013 |
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A MAN broke into a first floor flat so he could make a hole in the floor to get into the shop below.

Nathan Scott, 22, who had not been out of prison long, made a hole in the ceiling of a hairdressers and cafe, directly above the till.

He stole cash and stock to a total value of £2,550.

Mold Crown Court heard on Friday how he was caught after a DNA hit on blood found on plaster-board where he had made the hole.

But when arrested he denied being involved and told police someone must have taken his blood with a syringe and planted it there.

But Scott, of Archer’s Way, Wrexham, admitted burglary at Hair Cafe, in Edgerton Street, Wrexham, on the night of November 9, and burglary with intent to cause criminal damage to the flat upstairs.

He was jailed for three years.

Sion ap Mihangel, prosecuting, said Sarah Roberts, the manageress, had secured the premises the night before.

But the following morning the burglary was discovered.

There was a hole in the ceiling above the till.

About £100 had been taken from the till, £900 had been taken from a filing cabinet in the stock room, and even the staff tips had gone.

A quantity of hair products had also been stolen to the total value of £2,550.

The building was also damaged but no value had been placed on it.

The prosecutor said the premises had clearly been targeted and there had been some planning.

Paul Smith, defending, said there was a real risk of Scott, who had previous convictions for 36 offences, becoming institutionalised.

He had a partner and a child on the way and there was hope he would settle down and get a job.

At the time things had been going badly and he wanted money to keep his home together.

“He does want to stop offending,” said Mr Smith.

Judge Philip Hughes said it was “a planned, professional and determined attack” on the premises using entry to the upstairs flat to achieve his objective.

It had been a case of deliberately targeting the business and there had clearly been significant planning.

He had an appalling list of previous convictions, including burglary but would be given maximum credit for his early guilty plea.

But it had to be a substantial sentence.

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