A PAIR of burglars were caught in the street with bags of booze after raiding a Wrexham pub, a court heard.

Piotr Sambor, aged 25 and of Burnham Gardens in Caia Park, appeared at Wrexham Magistrates Court on Tuesday alongside 29-year-old Anastazja Grabowska, of Crescent Road.

Both had previously admitted an offence of burglary, which took place at the Kings Mills Pub in Wrexham on November 30 and involved them taking property worth £3,500.

Grabowska had also previously admitted possessing a small quantity of heroin on that date.

Justin Espie, prosecuting, told the court that on the day of the offence, police were called out at around 4am regarding people acting suspiciously in the street with a number of bottles on their person.

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Officers attended and found the defendants.
Just a few metres away from them were bags containing large quantities of alcohol.

When asked if the bags belonged to them, the pair initially denied it - but Grabowska later asked to take some items from one of them, linking herself to them.

Police searched the area and it was discovered that there had been a disturbance at the Kings Mills pub, where entry had been forced and a door had been left unsecured.

The Leader: The Kings Mills Pub in Wrexham (Image: Google)The Kings Mills Pub in Wrexham (Image: Google)

Once officers were able to reach the occupants of the pub, it was confirmed the alcohol recovered had come form there.

Probation officer Tracey Flavell interviewed both defendants and told the court both of them claimed to have been out drinking until the early hours of the morning.

Although both accepted responsibility for the offences, they couldn't explain why they had done it.

Grabowska had lost her private accommodation in the month before the offence and was re-accommodated by the local authority, the court heard.

She couldn't explain why she had the heroin in her possession.

While alcohol played a part in the offences, Ms Flavell said, it wasn't suggested that either defendant required probation intervention for their alcohol consumption.

However she did recommend both work with the probation service by way of rehabilitation activity sessions.

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Sambor is in full time employment and has stable accommodation, she added.

Emma Simoes, defending, said: "There has been significant change for both defendants since the commission of the offence.

"They would both benefit from probation intervention."

Kevin McCallum, Chairman of the Magistrates, handed Sambor a 14 week sentence, and suspended it for 18 months.

He must undertake 20 rehabilitation sessions and 100 hours of unpaid work, as well as paying a victim surcharge of £128 and £85 costs.

Grabowska received a 12 week prison sentence for the burglary, which was suspended for 18 months.

She must undertake 15 rehabilitation sessions and do 80 hours of unpaid work, in addition to paying a £128 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

The court imposed no separate penalty for the drugs offence.

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