Police welcome sentence for prolific Swansea burglar Carl Wayne Roberts
POLICE have welcomed a lengthy prison sentence handed down to a prolific burglar.
Carl Wayne Roberts was sentenced to 32 months at Swansea Crown Court after admitting three burglaries — two of them on charity shops.
The court heard Roberts, 36, has a history of burglaries at commercial properties in the city going back more than a decade.
Roberts, of Tanymarian Road, Mayhill, pleaded guilty to three Swansea burglaries committed in just four days in December last year when he appeared at crown court for sentencing — the Oxfam shop in Union Street on December 10, the Headmasters hair salon on Uplands Crescent, Uplands, on December 11 and the Cancer Research shop on Union Street on December 14.
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Detective Chief Inspector Simon Davies of Swansea Central police station said Roberts had been an active criminal in the city, and that he hoped the sentence would serve as a deterrent to him.
He said: “Roberts is a prolific offender who has been very active in criminal activities in the Swansea area and in particular the city centre for a number of years.
“The cost of his offending has probably run into many thousands of pounds when you take into account the damage caused and the property he has stolen.
“We are very pleased with the sentence that the court has imposed on him — hopefully this will be a deterrent to him.”
Roberts has convictions for more than 30 burglaries on his record, most at commercial premises, as well as a number of attempted break-ins.
Among his targets over the years were the Northway Garage in Bishopston, the North Gower Hotel in Llanrhidian, the Shore Pebbles restaurant on St Helen’s Road and the Hong Kong takeaway in Uplands Crescent, Uplands.
Many of the burglaries were committed to fund a heroin habit.
Clare Bennett, manager of the Oxfam shop, also welcomed the sentence.
She said: “The metal grill and window were smashed when he broke in, and there was a real mess inside the shop.
“People who generously donate to us do it to help the projects we support but we had to pay for the damage he caused.”