Thieves' festive trick to try and hide stolen spoils
BURGLARS who tried to hide some of their £1,000 stolen spoils by wrapping them in Christmas paper have been jailed.
Marc Surridge and Redd Hanford received six month in jail, after admitting burglary. Justin Crisp who admitted handling stolen goods, also appeared at Swansea Crown Court.
Surridge and Hanford went into the Family Value store on Forge Road in Port Talbot as trespassers on December 6.
The alarm had sounded for 15 minutes but then cut out. The pair were captured on CCTV at the time it sounded and again three hours later.
When the shop owner returned the following morning she found stock pulled from the shelves and strewn across the floor. She said they had also taken goods worth £1,000.
Police went to Hanford's home and found him wearing distinctive clothing which was similar to the outfits seen on the CCTV.
They found Surridge in a bedroom in the house and in the attic found Crisp along with items which had been taken from the shop.
They also found stolen goods which had been wrapped in Christmas paper.
Hanford, aged 21, of Ynys Street and Surridge, aged 27, of Bevan Avenue, both in Port Talbot, have been sentenced for two further offences each since they committed this one.
Lee Davies, for Hanford, said it was an "unsophisticated offence".
Frances Jones, for Surridge, said he had burgled the property because his benefits had been stopped since he was released from prison and he needed food.
Ian Ibrahim, for Crisp, said his client had been recalled to prison since he committed this offence.
Crisp received a community order lasting 12 months, he was also told to complete 120 hours of unpaid work.