Burglar targetted neighbours and former employers
12:51pm Friday 18th October 2013 in Ammanford news
A Towy Valley burglar who stole more than £2,800 worth of tools and equipment during a spate of break-ins over the summer has been told he could be sent to jail.
Daniel James Pearce, of 40 High Street in Llandovery, carried out seven burglaries on sheds and outbuildings between June 7 and August 15, making off with chainsaws, strimmers, drills, cabling and fuel.
The 25-year-old had previously worked at a number of the properties or knew the owners.
Llanelli magistrates were told how Pearce stole a Black and Decker drill worth £60 from a shed at 90 Maesglas, Llandovery, on June 7.
On June 16, he stole a Stihl chainsaw, valued at £1,200, a £200 Dewalt drill and other equipment worth £85 from a shed at Penrhiw, Manordeilo, before making off with a £300 Husquama chainsaw and cables from an outbuilding at Rhiw Fran in Llandovery on July 7.
Pearce leant in through an open window to steal a Black and Decker drill worth £50, Stanley tools valued at £40 and a £30 electrical cable from a shed at the rear of 52 High Street, Llandovery – just a few doors from his own home - between July 5 and July 15.
He took a pair of £160 Haix boots and petrol from a garage at Annell Villa, Llanwrda, between July 23 and July 25.
He made off with a £600 Stihl chainsaw from an outbuilding at Penycefn, Manordeilo, between August 2 and August 8, and took a £195 petrol strimmer and fuel from Cwmcanol, Crugybar, between August 10 and August 15.
Gerald Neave, prosecuting, told the court how officers had swooped on Pearce’s home at 11am on September 25, but found no trace of the stolen items.
However, when Pearce was interviewed, he told officers: “Yes. I have done burglaries – I nick chainsaws and drills.”
Pearce told police he had worked at a number of the properties prior to committing the burglaries and had sold on many of the items stolen.
Magistrates were advised that because Pearce knew many of his victims the thefts included a breach of trust – a view disputed by defence solicitor David Williams.
Pearce admitted all the offences. He was told he could be jailed for between 18 and 52 weeks.
Magistrates sent Pearce to crown court for sentencing saying: “This case requires a greater sentence than our powers allow us to give.”
Pearce will appear at Swansea crown court on November 1.
He was made the subject of an 8pm to 8am curfew until sentence is passed.