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Addicted to crime; N. Wales man continued to steal - even after being caught and jailed.

Byline: Elwyn Roberts

A HEROIN addict responsible for a one-man crime wave in North Wales, continued stealing - even after being jailed.

Last month, Graham James Murray was sentenced to two years for a series of burglaries over a three-month period during which time he stole property valued at more than pounds 33,000.

He burgled, stole and deceived local Deeside companies by hiring machinery and tools, but never took them back - selling them instead to get cash for drugs.

When arrested he didn't stop offending. After being bailed by magistrates he resumed his life of crime. He was jailed at Mold Crown Court and taken to Kirkham Open Prison - but absconded.

Then, while on the run, he burgled Woolworths at Shotton, tried to burgle Shotton Post Office, burgled Rivertown Church at Shotton and stole a laptop computer, tried to burgle the Tandoori Balti restaurant but failed to get in, and also burgled the Royal Charter public house.

Yesterday, Murray, 26, admitted two burglaries with four others considered when he appeared at Flintshire court.

Prosecutor Huw Evans said Murray told police he committed the offences to feed his drug addiction, He was jailed him for an additional ten months, to be served consecutively to his current sentence.

Defending solicitor Brian Cross said that his client had already received an additional two months penalty for absconding in the first instance. Murray, formerly of Quay Wharf in Connah's Quay, was jailed on August 9 for two years after he admitted two burglaries, two deceptions, theft, possessing drugs, with 38 other offences taken into consideration.

Mr Cross said Murray co-operated with police and admitted offences where evidence existed. It said it was clear the offences were committed because of his drug addiction. He had a ``bad habit'' before going into prison.

While at Altcourse Prison he had completed a detoxification course but the cure was not that simple. Murray's intention was to complete a rehabilitation course before his release from this latest spell in custody, which would not be until August.
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