THREE vehicles were stolen along with 15 sets of ignition keys during a raid at a service station.
The barrier at the entrance to Golftyn Service Station in Connah’s Quay was also damaged when the three vehicles were driven off the forecourt.
A court heard one of the stolen vehicles, a Corsa, was later crashed into a wall on Deeside and four occupants ran off.
The driver’s air bag had been activated in the impact – and police officers got a DNA hit from it.
They arrested Ryan Lee Mitchell, of Sandy Lane in Garden City.
He gave a no comment interview and denied being one of the burglars, but he was convicted at trial of burglary and aggravated vehicle taking.
Mitchell, 20, received 12 weeks youth custody and was banned from driving for 12 weeks.
But while on bail he received a large quantity of stolen goods - items stolen largely from sheds within 50 metres of each other.
Police acting on information recovered much of the stolen property from the defendant’s home.
He received a consecutive 16 week sentence for three charges of handling stolen goods, which he admitted, making a sentence of 28 weeks in all.
District Judge Andrew Shaw said that substantial damage had been caused during the burglary at the garage.
The car which was crashed into a wall cost £600 to repair and an additional £200 to recover it.
He had then come into possession of a large quantity of stolen property within a short time of it being stolen.
Gary Harvey, defending, told Flintshire Magistrates Court at Mold yesterday that Mitchell was not involved in the burglaries.
He had been asked by some travellers if he wished to buy some stolen property.
But they asked him to look after the items for them in return for the promise of some work.
In the meantime the police seized the property and the travellers were looking for him to pay them the value of the goods.
He was “lying low” at the time which was why he did not attend his trial in respect of the garage raid.
But he had given himself up to the police after he decided he had to face the music.
Mr Harvey said Mitchell appreciated he was a young man who was knocking on the door of custody.
But he said it would be a shame if his client lost his liberty.
He was a young man who had come under peer pressure and he had the promise of a job.