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Teen thief arrested 11 years after burgling house.

Police picked up a burglar 11 years after a warrant had gone out for his arrest.

At Cardiff Crown Court on Friday James Grimes, now 31, was given a conditional discharge for the burglary, committed when he was 19-years-old.

Judge Dafydd Hughes handed him a four week jail sentence for absconding in 1993 but Grimes was released immediately having spent two weeks in custody since his arrest last month.

Prosecutor Alison Morris said Grimes had been seen with a group of boys carrying a stereo system from a house in Maerdy, Rhondda in 1993.

Grimes pleaded not guilty to burglary when he appeared in court in January, 1994, but then disappeared.

Mrs Morris said: 'Since then he has never come to the attention of the police until he was cautioned for possessing a weapon in August 2004.'

Grimes pleaded guilty to the burglary and absconding.

Judge Hughes said: 'In the circumstances a jail sentence would not be appropriate.'

It is understood Grimes, who at the time of the burglary lived in Pentre Road, Maerdy, may have spent some time in Ireland after absconding.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Nov 7, 2005
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