A MAN recently released from prison was responsible for breaking into cars in Flint.
Zach Aebischer, 20, said to be self-medicating on cocaine for depression and other conditions, was also caught on a private householder’s CCTV trying locked cars in the town.
The defendant, of Queen’s Avenue in Flint, admitted three charges of stealing from cars and three charges of vehicle interference when he appeared at Flintshire Magistrates Court at Mold yesterday.
Sentence was adjourned to assess his suitability for a drugs rehabilitation order.
Matthew Ellis, prosecuting, said that on May 1 the defendant stole a mobile phone from a car in Cae Bychan.
He was also seen trying locked cars in the same area.
The defendant stole a mobile phone and a purse containing a bank card from another vehicle and a multi-tool, a Swiss army knife and a picnic blanket from a further car.
Interviewed, he denied being responsible and said he had been in bed all night and did not get up until 10am.
When police found a stolen mobile phone at his home, he blamed a boy of 14 who he said had brought it to his home.
He told officers he had been realised from prison in January for thefts from motor vehicles and had not committed any further offences since.
The defendant said the figure on the CCTV looked like him, but was not.
The top he was now wearing, which was like the one in the film, had been given to him by a local youth, he alleged.
Elzbeth Kenny, defending, said that at the start of May when the offences occurred the defendant had been leading a chaotic lifestyle.
He accepted he committed the offences in the early hours of the morning to obtain money for drugs.
Aebischer appreciated the distress and inconvenience he had caused.
At the time he hated his lifestyle and wanted to settle down and lead a normal life, she explained.
His drug habit had been spiralling out of control, he had no accommodation and no benefits.
But things had changed significantly for him in the recent past.
He had settled down with a young lady and had been welcomed into the family unit by her mother. He was suffering from an emotional behaviour disorder, attachment disorder and was depressed.
Aebischer realised he needed the assistance of mental health services.
He required drug rehabilitation, she said, and urged the court to adjourn his case for assessment by the drugs service.