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Man who stole cash and booze avoids jail.

A LLANELLI man has narrowly avoided jail for thefts of cash from an amusement arcade and alcohol from two supermarkets.

Shone Lewis Bell, of Thomas Street, appeared before town magistrates on Thursday and entered guilty pleas to three theft charges.

The court heard that on February 18 last year he stole PS100 in coins from an amusement arcade in the town.

Following this on August 23, Bell took a bottle of whiskey worth PS39.99 from Aldi in Llanelli.

Then on December 13 he took whiskey worth PS75 from the town's Asda.

Prosecutor Sian Vaughan said that the theft of the coins related to "damage being caused to the door of the machine at the arcade and the PS100 worth of coins stolen".

There was no location given for the arcade within the town by Mrs Vaughan as the facts were outlined to the magistrates' bench.

Turning to the alcohol thefts, she added: "The facts very much speak for themselves. Both bottles were recovered as he left the stores."

Defence solicitor Gareth Jones said: "My client accepts the thefts but maintains the amount taken from the amusement arcade was PS33 and not PS100."

"He took the money from the machine and alcohol to fund a drug problem. He has been struggling with heroin."

Mr Jones said Bell was struggling with the death of his brother some three years ago.

The court heard Bell, 23, was also in breach of a community order handed to him by the courts in November for a driving offence and making a false representation.

Bell was given a 20-week prison sentence for all three offences, suspended for 12 months.

For the Aldi theft he was given six weeks, a further six for the Asda theft and eight weeks for the coins theft from the amusement arcade.

All sentences were ordered to run consecutively if Bell comes before the court within the next year and the suspended jail terms are activated.

He was ordered to pay the owner of the arcade compensation of PS100 and PS50 for the damage to the money cabinet, a further PS85 each to Aldi and Asda, along with PS100 court costs and a PS115 victim surcharge.

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Dec 31, 2018
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