Regular broke into pub while boss was away
A PUB regular who broke in while the owner was on holiday has avoided an immediate jail term.
Arwyn Cellan Thomas appeared at Swansea Crown Court to be sentenced for a burglary from the Duke of Wellington Pub in Dilwyn Street, Llanelli.
The court heard his friend who had been with him, Joel Rickwood, was given a caution by police.
Kevin Jones, prosecuting, told the court landlord Ian Wilson was on holiday at the time of the incident — a fact known to Thomas, aged 45.
"The premises was being looked after by a Miss Shoulder who was taking care of the pub. She was present on the evening of June 11 and as she locked the premises up just after midnight in the early hours of June 12, noticed two regular customers — Arwyn Thomas and his friend Joel — outside.
"She returned to the premises at 1.20pm the next day and noticed the till float was missing from the bar," said Mr Jones.
A glass jar with £20 notes inside was also missing.
Money was also taken from an office, which was part of the dwelling side of the pub. In total, £1434 was taken.
The court heard the pair were at the pub at 3pm that day, but were not spoken to by police. But Thomas was arrested on June 13 and money was found at his home in Gathen Close and on his person. £1087.33 was recovered by officers.
Catherine Richards, mitigating, said there was no evidence suggesting her client was the lead offender in the case and that he did not believe he was.
Judge Peter Heywood told Thomas he had already expressed his views on Mr Rickwood being dealt with by a police caution.
He said: "If I was to send you to custody, you would feel a sense of injustice."
He sentenced Thomas to nine months, suspended for 12 months, with 150 hours of unpaid work He must also pay a £150 victim surcharge.