One of two men who stole a fruit machine from a Rhyl pub has escaped an immediate jail sentence.
Jobe Morris pleaded guilty to his role in an early morning burglary at the Wellington pub last March – his accomplice is still on the run and an arrest warrant has been issued against him.
Morris (26), from River Street, was caught after his finger prints were found on a bottle left in the bar. Mold Crown Court heard the two men had their faces covered when they entered the pub at around 5am on Saturday 12th March.
They took some spirits from the bar before returning to take the till, which was cut from its wire, and more alcohol. When they managed to take the fruit machine outside, they were seen jumping on it to smash it open and get £350 in coinage. They were spotted by a delivery driver who alerted police. In the end, the pub had lost over £1,900 worth.
The defence said Morris, who had mental health issues, had being taken medication but did not when the burglary took place.
Judge Nic Parry handed him an eight-month jail sentence, suspended for 18 months. He told Morris he had been part of a planned burglary but noted he had co-operated with police, had been apologetic and that the public would be better served by having his personal issues addressed.
Morris must also take 25 days of rehabilitation and observe an overnight curfew for four months, while wearing an electronic tag.
The judge added that the sentence should not ‘tie the hands’ of any future judge if the second man is brought to justice, as he has a far more serious criminal record.