POLICE CATCH BURGLAR IN THE ACT

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Cambrian News photographer

AN Aberystwyth man who broke into a flat and stole a TV and video game console is “young and naive” and “easily led”, his solicitor has said.

Cambrian News reported “Alex Thomas Smith, of Room 3, 26 Cambrian Street, admitted burglary after he was arrested while an unknown second person ran off when police officers saw them carrying a TV through the town. Smith had changed his plea to guilty after initially denying the charge.

Kevin Challinor, prosecuting, said police were called shortly after 8pm on Wednesday, 4 May, after a burglary was reported as being in progress at a flat in North Road.

The police were told that two men were breaking into a flat and stealing a TV.

When officers arrived they saw Smith, 20, and the second person carrying a TV near Portland Street.

They were told to stop, but the other person ran off and got away, while Smith was caught by police officers.

Scenes of crime officers checked the flat and found fingerprints and a footprint that matched Smith’s.

Defence solicitor Iestyn Davies suggested that Smith had been persuaded to go along with the burglary because of his youth and naivety.

He added that at the time Smith was living rough and drinking too much, but that he was now “getting back on track”.

Mr Davies said he thought a community order could help Smith address issues facing him.

Smith was given an 18-month community order with 30 days of a rehabilitation activity requirement and will have to do unpaid work of 150 hours. He will also pay costs totalling £170″ here.

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