Rhyl burglar who stole tools from former boss jailed

Lewis Thomas, 29, of East Parade, Rhyl, was jailed for 14 months for burglary
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A man who stole from his former employer has been jailed. Lewis Thomas, 29, had claimed he was owed money which turned out to be untrue.

He simply stole tools and caused damage totalling over £2,000 for financial gain, Caernarfon Crown Court heard. A judge today sentenced him to 14 months imprisonment for burglary.

The court heard Thomas, of East Parade, Rhyl, knew his former employer had been abroad on April 30. So he broke into his unoccupied house in Stanley Park Avenue, Rhyl - which was under renovation - late one night using a shovel to get in through a window.

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But the court heard on Thursday that a remote security alarm was triggered and cameras recorded the intruder outside and inside the property. He left with a duffle bag on a bike. You can sign up for all the latest court stories here

At a resumed hearing today, prosecutor Patrick Gartland said the victim confirmed he had employed Thomas between 2018 and 2019 but that the victim did not owe Thomas any wages.

The victim also confirmed that Thomas had returned most of the tools from the burglary except for a nine-inch grinder and two Makita batteries and a charger worth £283.77 and £364.66 respectively. Repairs to a rear, bay window cost £571.

The judge The Recorder Wyn Lloyd Jones told Thomas he has a bad criminal record and added: "You are getting too old to commit offences of this kind.

"This was a deliberate, planned offence obviously committed for financial gain. To make matters worse the victim had tried to help you in the past by giving you employment. He did not owe you money."

He added: "It's obvious you have been ruining your life with alcohol and drugs. You continue to offend despite being given many opportunities by the courts over the years. The time has come to stop."

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