Burglar found behind wheel of stolen family car in drug-induced stupor

Custody image of Terrence Roderick
-Credit: (Image: South Wales Police)


A serial burglar broke into a family's home as they slept and took hundreds of pounds worth of items as well as stealing their car from the driveway. He and his co-burglar were found by police in a drug-induced stupor in a stolen car.

Terrence Roderick, 42, and Clifford Plummer, 38, broke into a property in Cardiff in the early hours of January 18. A resident at the Penylan house woke at 4.20am to discover a messy search had been carried out with opened boxes left on the floor.

A sentencing hearing at Cardiff Crown Court on Thursday heard the back door was left partially opened and a garage door halfway open. Once inside the property the burglars had made a search of the living room and storage areas.

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Prosecutor Bethan Evans said items including feminine products, a Superdry coat, a dashcam, headphones, and a number of electrical items were taken from the garage. The victim later realised two sets of car keys were missing and when he looked outside he noticed a Ford B-Max worth £5,00O was missing. A Volvo vehicle had not been taken but the keys were missing and cost £350 to replace. The police were called and a forensic examination led to Roderick's DNA being found on a patio door handle and rucksack taken from inside the living room.

On January 19 police received a further call from a member of the public who saw two men slumped in a Kia Rio which had been reported as stolen from Newborough Avenue in Llanishen. When officers arrived at Christina Street, they approached the vehicle and saw Roderick in the driver's seat and Plummer in the passenger seat. Both men were arrested and Plummer claimed he was getting a lift and had taken "three strips" of pregabalin.

Custody image of Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods -Credit:South Wales Police

A number of items had been taken from various addresses in Newborough Avenue including keys, bank cards, a Samsung mobile phone, and leather wallets. The Ford B-Max stolen from the address in Penylan was later recovered.

Roderick, of Newport Road, Roath, later pleaded guilty to offences of burglary, theft of a motor vehicle, and handling stolen goods. Plummer, of Llanishen, pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods. The court heard Roderick has an "unenviable" record having committed 40 offences of burglary and was previously sentenced to six years imprisonment for burglary.

In mitigation Byron Broadstock said his client had been the witness of a death cellmate and had given evidence in the trial of his attacker. As a result of this he had had an "uncomfortable time" in prison. He said the defendant's father was seriously unwell and he had taken the car in order to take his father to hospital.

Sentencing, Judge Simon Mills said: "If you carry on these sentences will get longer and longer and longer... The trail of misery you have left to householders is appalling. It's time you learnt to stop preying on people just getting on with their lives."

Roderick was sentenced to four years imprisonment and Plummer was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment. They will each serve half their sentences in custody before they are released to serve the remainder on licence.

An earlier version of this article stated that Clifford Plummer had pleaded guilty to counts of burglary and theft of a motor vehicle. However he in fact only admitted handling stolen goods and we are happy to clarify this.

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