A Holyhead man who went on a crime spree in his hometown has been jailed for ten months.
Darren Michael Lee Owen was arrested after he snatched cash off an elderly woman in a mobility scooter outside Tesco in Penrhos last Monday.
The 27 year-old from Market Square pleaded guilty on Thursday to several offences including stealing bottles of alcohol from three supermarkets, attacking two police officers and failing to surrender to bail.
Caernarfon magistrates heard on Thursday that Owen waited for the elderly lady to drive her scooter to the ATM before he pounced and fled with the money.
In the same week, he stole £158 worth of alcohol from the same store and six bottles of rum worth £128 from Asda on Kingsland Road.
The week before, he was challenged by Asda staff as he fled the store with £110 worth of alcohol, smashing bottles along the way. Two days later, he targeted the Co-op store on Market Street and stole more alcohol worth £66.
The court dismissed a plea from the defence for a suspended sentence. It was claimed Owen, a prolific offender, had turned back to alcohol after working with the Probation Service until last month.
His lawyer said the theft outside Tesco happened on the spur of the moment – it had not been planned or thought through.
After sentencing, Detective Chief Inspector Brian Kearney from Caernarfon CID said the incident proved Owen was ”the lowest of the low” with ”a track record for dishonesty”.
He added: ”I welcome with a degree of satisfaction that he’ll go straight to prison where frankly he belongs…our towns and villages are a safer place with him behind bars.”
”I welcome the sentence and hope it will provide the public with reassurance, make our communities safer and send a clear message that prison awaits those who resort to this sort of despicable behaviour.”
Owen must also pay £326 in compensation and costs – magistrates ordered they would be added to fines still to be paid for other offences and deducted from his benefits.