Burglar stole valuables from couple as they moved into Machen flat, court told
3:01pm Sunday 3rd November 2013 in News
A BURGLAR who stole baby equipment and electrical goods from a young couple as they moved into their new flat has been jailed.
Mark Saunders, 27, stole belongings that were still in black bags from his neighbours in what a judge described as a “mean” burglary.
Scott Chapman and his partner Demi Hughes discovered the property including amplifiers, a telephone stand and baby equipment had been taken on August 27.
Saunders, of Keble Court, Machen, initially denied having broken into their flat, but items including baby records were later found in a bin, a court heard.
Saunders had already racked up three home burglary convictions and is currently serving a 16-month custodial sentence for a non dwelling burglary, Newport Crown Court heard.
Jailing Saunders for two years and eight months, Judge Patrick Curran QC told him: “This was a very mean burglary. It was particularly obvious you took things from a young couple.
“There was a lot of valuable property and not all was recovered.
“You have a very bad record. You certainly have had a very difficult start in life but the fact is you are a determined burglar.”
Saunders pleaded guilty to one count of burglary in Keble Court between August 25 and 28 this year.
Saunders’ barrister, Andrew Jones, said his client had a difficult upbringing, adding his family had been “fractured significantly” as his father had served time in prison.
He told the court: “He still has a future ahead of him. He lapses into offences as a consequence of having no money, nowhere to live and no family.”
Judge Curran said the new jail term would be served concurrently to his existing sentence and also ordered Saunders to pay a £120 surcharge.
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