WALES: Charity shop burglar gets 15 months jail.
A BURGLAR who broke into two North Wales charity shops on the same night has been locked up for 15 months.
Andrew Richard Shepard, 33, of Maesy-Dre, Denbigh, admitted breaking into St Kentigern's Hospice shop in Colwyn Bay in the early hours of October 4.
He also admitted breaking into the Cats Protection League charity shop next door earlier that evening and stealing jewellery and cash.
Shepard caused more than pounds 1,000 of damage to the shop, which was not insured
Judge Philip Hughes, sitting at Caernarfon Crown Court, was told Shepard had collected a prescription for sleeping tablets the previous day and had swallowed 10 of them with alcohol during the evening and claimed to have no recollection of events.
Shepard, who was free from jail on licence, was sentenced to 15 months on each charge of burglary. He was told the sentence will not start until next April when his current jail term ends.
Sentencing, the judge said: "This sort of offending inevitably leads to a custodial sentence."
Elen Owen, prosecuting, said police were alerted at about 2.40am after neighbours saw Shepard kicking the door of the hospice shop on Seaview Road.
Officers sent to the scene found Shepard inside the shop.
"There was damage to the door and the till but nothing had been stolen. He was arrested and taken into custody. He appeared later that day before magistrates and made guilty pleas," she said.
Later it was discovered the Cat Protection League charity shop next door had also been broken into.
"A rear window had been smashed and the till broken into. Items valued at pounds 2,095 stolen and damage costing pounds 1,071 caused," Elen Owen added.
Simon Rogers, defending, said Shepard realised a custodial sentence was inevitable and argued it should be kept as short as possible given the early guilty pleas and the items were recovered.
Andrew Richard Shepard shies away from the camera when he arrives at Caernafon Crown Court Picture: GERALLT RADCLIFFE