Car keys stolen in raid on Broughton garage


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

BURGLARS caused great inconvenience and expense when they burgled a garage and stole, among other items, more than 20 car ignition keys.

It meant that Broughton Car Sales had to replace all the ignition keys of the cars they had for sale.

Two vehicles had also been taken during the raid at the premises in August of last year.

Jamie Gaskell, 26, of Burnsdale Court in Sandycroft, admitted burglary after his fingerprint was found inside one of the stolen vehicles, a VW Bora.

His mobile phone was also found inside that vehicle and that had been pinging off masts close to the burgled premises when the burglary occurred.

Prosecuting barrister Matthew Dunford said that CCTV from the nearby British Aerospace factory showed that a number of people had been involved in the burglar and two vehicles had turned up at the premises.

When officers searched Gaskell’s home they found amphetamine hidden inside the internet modem.

His mobile phone was seized and that was found to have texts which incriminated him in supply.

Gaskell admitted the burglary and being responsible for taking one of the stolen cars, and possessing amphetamine with intent to supply.

He was jailed for 28 months.

Judge Niclas Parry, sitting at Mold Crown Court, said that he had given the defendant the chance of a suspended sentence previously for a drug offence.

“I remember you,” he said.

“You were given a chance.

“But this time, on bail, on curfew, on a community order, at night, you are involved in a planned, sophisticated burglary of small business premises for high value.”

The business had lost more than £4,500 and had been put to great inconvenience replacing the stolen car keys.

At the time he was supply amphetamine and had a previous conviction for doing exactly the same thing.

Oliver King, defending, said that his client was full of remorse and shame.

His partner had stood by him over the years and she would now be left to look after their three children alone.

At the time of the burglary the baby was only two weeks old.

There benefits had been wrongly stopped and rent arrears had built up.

They were made homeless and under pressure he went off the rails.

He turned to old habits and hoped to make some quick money.

His client appreciated the great inconvenience and expense the small business had been put to and wished to apologise to the owner.

Gaskell accepted that he used amphetamine and that when people asked for some he would agree to supply them.

It was hidden in the modem because his partner did not know that he used it.

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