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Burglar broke into house through catflap to steal cash – Wales Online

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A burglar reached through a home’s catflap to steal cash from a table inside, a court heard.

Bradley McCann pushed a branch through the catflap at the property to steal money and a £150 money clip.

The 24-year-old left his victims so frightened they spent £1,200 installing sophisticated infra-red security cameras and questioning whether they were safe in their own home.

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In another burglary just hours later a homeowner confronted McCann in the act and he told them: “I was just looking for somewhere to sleep.”

A judge was told McCann offended to get money to feed his drug habit and had got into debt which led to him being stabbed repeatedly as a punishment.

McCann, who pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary, was sentenced at Newport Crown Court on Thursday.

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Prosecutor Bethan Evans said the defendant had targeted two properties in Riverside , Cardiff, earlier this year. The first incident took place on May 10 at a property in Denbigh Road.

“There was a branch next to the cat flap,” said Ms Evans. “It’s thought he used the branch to poke through the cat flap in attempt to reach the money.”

The court was told there was £30 and 30 euros on the table. There was also a money clip estimated to be worth around £150.

Ms Evans added: “The exterior patio window had the defendant’s fingerprints found on them.”

The second burglary took place at Severn Grove on May 11 where the occupant heard a bang before going downstairs to check what had happened.

“He realised there was a man standing behind the door,” Ms Evans said. When confronted the defendant replied: “I was just looking for somewhere to sleep.” His fingerprints were later found on the inside of the living room window.

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Mitigating, Gareth Morley said McCann was now trying to beat his addiction to crack cocaine and heroin.

“He has a new mindset and is trying to battle his demons,” said Mr Morley. “He was attacked after running a drug debt and was stabbed four times. He stayed in hospital for a week.

“I will invite you to impose the most lenient sentence you can in this case.”

Judge Jeremy Jenkins jailed McCann, of Holmesdale Street, Cardiff , for 21 months.

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