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Flintshire man burgled village computer shop

A DAD in desperate financial straits decided to break into the computer shop in his village.

Mark Anthony Jones, 23, was a neighbour of the Qubic Computers in Mold Road, Cefnybedd, between Mold and Wrexham.

But he climbed onto the roof, got in through a sky-light and fled with computers and other equipment to the value of £7,000.

Mold Crown Court heard how he and another unknown man then used a railway line as their getaway route.

Jones, of Bryn Derw, Cefnybedd, admitted burglary in the early hours of March 12 this year after he was caught on an internal CCTV system and police obtained a DNA match from blood at the scene.

Jones received a 20-week prison sentence, suspended for two years, and was ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.

Judge John Rogers QC also imposed a two month curfew between 7.30pm and 6am. And Jones was ordered to pay £350 compensation.

Oliver King, prosecuting, said five computers, six laptops and other items had been taken during the burglary.

They were not only computers which were for sale, but ones which were in for repair and were owned by customers.

Paul Abrahams, defending, said Jones was in a dire financial state because work hours had been cut back, he had been spending too much money on cannabis and he was maintaining his child.

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