Prolific Pentraeth burglar jailed for ‘inside jobs’

North Wales Police

A Pentraeth man who stole over £100,000 worth of valuables and cars in a spate of burglaries has been jailed for forty months.

Simon McAllister admitted four counts of burglary and four counts of theft in a series of ”pre-planned inside jobs” targeting businesses in Bethesda, Y Ffor (Pwllheli) and Blaenau Ffestiniog.

Caernarfon Crown Court heard McAllister (45) had been a member of a gang who had targeted businesses and a prolific offender with 32 convictions.

In one such break-in, McAlllister managed to enter the offices of Zip World at Penrhyn Quarry and took a £41,000 Land Rover Defender used by disabled customers, along with keys, cash, a phone and a toolbox.

On the same day in September 2015, he targeted three Blaenau Ffestiniog businesses – including U-Star, where stole over £47,000 worth of cameras.

The following July, McCallister stole a CD player from a courtesy Ford Fiesta car at a garage in Y Ffor. Nearly two months later, he returned to steal the car itself – it was later found at his home with false number plates.

McCallister was arrested a short time afterwards, but was caught stealing clothing twice from Sports Direct in Bangor while on bail. He assaulted the store manager when challenged on his second visit.

The defence said McAllister had moved from the English Midlands to North Wales to make a fresh start after a ”very bad breakdown”. He suffered from epilepsy and mental health problems, according to a probation report.

Sentencing McCallister, Judge Nic Parry said the businesses targeted needed to be protected as they provided ”valuable employment” to rural parts of the region.

Reacting to the sentence, PC Carwyn ap Tomos from Gwynedd CID said: ”McAllister is a prolific offender and I hope his imprisonment provides our communities with reassurance that all offenders will be pursued, caught and placed before the courts.”