Duo thought haul was 'abandoned'
TWO men who were accused of stealing a Christmas tree from outside a charity shop have appeared at Llanelli Magistrates' Court.
Wayne and Christopher Williams, both from Ammanford, pleaded guilty to a charge of stealing the tree, three framed pictures, one canvas, two needlework pictures, and four books belonging to the British Red Cross store. According to the prosecution just after midnight on October 1 this year the police reviewed the CCTV cameras in Ammanford and saw a number of men walking through a street.
They were then seen approaching a bin outside the British Red Cross shop and removing items from it, the court heard.
The prosecution said that the men believed the items had been abandoned, however the bin had been placed there for people to put items in for the charity.
Defence solicitor Mr Morgan, who was representing Christopher, said: "When he walked along the road he believed they were abandoned. The items were not in packaging and not in a marked bin. He genuinely believed they were abandoned."
The defence solicitor for Wayne added: "Their decision was influenced because they were under the influence of alcohol."
It was added that all the property was later recovered.
Both men were fined and ordered to pay a victim surcharge and costs.