Login Register

Pair found guilty of burgling sweet shop

By West Briton  |  Posted: September 26, 2013

James Wilson: jailed for 16 months.

A CAMBORNE shop owner tried to chase down a pair of burglars who broke into her store and got away with more than £200 cash.

Sandra Davies was working on her own in Sugacane sweet shop on Trelowarren Street on the morning of February 8 when she became aware someone or something was on the other side of the rear door.

James Taghdissian, for the prosecution, told the trial of Sophie Wilton and James Wilson, both of North Roskear Village, Camborne, last week at Truro Crown Court: "She went to investigate and she saw someone disappear down the corridor and she gave chase.

"She saw two people. They were running away, they ran out of the yard (at the back of the shop)."

Ms Davies returned to her open and unattended shop to discover a cash tin was missing, which had contained £242.41.

Wilson, 25, and Wilton, 23, who had denied the offence, were later found by police carrying nearly that amount in notes and coins and were found guilty by a jury.

Wilson, who has previous convictions for handling stolen goods, public disorder and common assault, also pleaded guilty to stealing a £40 mobile phone on March 23.

The new convictions put him in breach of a suspended sentence order imposed in 2011.

Bathsheba Cassel, defending Wilson, said he had longstanding drug issues but was now receiving a methadone prescription.

He was jailed for 16 months.

Paul Burley, defending Wilton, said she has been carrying out voluntary work for her landlady.

Judge Peter Johnson handed her a five-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, and ordered her to be under the supervision of the probation service and carry out a drug rehabilitation requirement.

Read more from West Briton