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Colwyn Bay - man with 162 offences jailed after he took parked car with keys left in ignition

Colwyn Bay man jailed after he took parked car with keys left in ignition

Published date: 06 June 2014 | 
Published by: Staff reporter
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A 29-year-old man with 162 offences on his record took an unlocked Audi car left overnight outside a garage with the keys in the ignition, a court heard on Thursday. 

Police found jobless Craig Judge asleep in the garage customer’s undamaged car at Colwyn Bay. 

He was jailed for 24 weeks after admitting taking the Audi without consent and stealing cans of lager from a Penrhyn Bay newsagent’s and a Llandudno shop. Magistrates at Llandudno said he was a persistent offender. 

Prosecutor James Neary said Judge’s record included 126 theft offences and he had an anti-social behaviour order banning him from certain shops. He had been freed recently from jail. 

Defence solicitor Roger Thomas said Judge, of Maes Glas, Rhos on Sea, was becoming “institutionalised.” He’d been wandering the streets when he came across the unlocked car and drove to a friend’s house. The defendant struggled with alcohol and drug problems.

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