Two burglars accused of being part of a gang who ‘ruled’ a Kinmel Bay estate have been sent to young offenders’ institutions.
Kevin Harrop of Pensarn and Alex Coxon of Kinmel Bay both admitted handling a boxful of stolen goods, taken from the home of Dylan Evans in April. The home had been left unoccupied after flooding.
The electronic goods and jewellery, including TVs, an iPad and bracelets, were taken to the home of Michelle Coombes on nearby Glascoed Avenue. She was given a suspended sentence for handling stolen goods.
Coombes (46) said she had installed a CCTV system outside her house because she was petrified of the gang and was frightened they would take revenge on her if she didn’t comply.
All three were arrested by police when Mr Evans used a ‘track my iPad’ device to direct police to Coombes’ house – they refused to answer any questions when interviewed.
Harrop and Coxon’s defence urged the judge at Caernarfon Crown Court to be lenient – both men were still young and had entered early guilty pleas.
Coombes had also entered an early guilty plea, despite previously saying she did not know the items involved were stolen. She had no previous convictions and had been involved in a abusive relationship. She was also was now living with five children – some of whom required special attention.
Harrop (20) was handed a ten month sentence while Coxon (18) was given eight months. Coombes’ six month jail term was suspended for a year.
Judge Peter Hewyood told the two men: ”Handling stolen goods is always viewed seriously by the courts and you Harrop and Coxon have previous convictions for dishonesty.” He told Coombes that she was ”a somewhat different case and that is why I am not sending you to custody.”