A MAN dressed in black seen dodging down an alleyway in the early hours of the morning told police he had gone out to buy a trifle.
Police searched him and they found a trifle – along with binoculars, a torch, gloves and a pair of pliers.
Henry Hills, defending, told Mold Crown Court that the trifle had been bought legitimately but had been used as a rouse when he admitted he was “out and about to steal”.
Judge Niclas Parry told defendant Peter Roberts, 47, that he had never made a trifle.
“But if I did, I doubt that I would need gloves, pliers and a torch to do that,” he said.
Once again, he said, Roberts had been out looking for premises to break into.
“It is what you do, it is a life-time habit,” he said. “It needs to stop.”
Roberts, of Y Wern, Wrexham, changed his plea and admitted going equipped to steal on November 9 last year.
He was given a six month prison sentence suspended for 12 months.
The judge placed him on a three month tagged curfew between 7pm and 6am and ordered him to pay £100 costs.
Prosecutor Emmalyne Downing told that when seen by the police at 3am, Roberts told police he had gone out to buy a trifle.
He did have a trifle in his bag but he also had black gloves, binoculars, a torch and pliers.
Roberts, she said, had 73 previous convictions since 1982 including offences of going equipped to steal.
l Roberts was cleared of a separate theft charge when the prosecution offered no evidence against him.