Welwyn Garden City man pleads guilty to cash and cigarettes theft at McColl’s

PUBLISHED: 12:38 27 February 2020 | UPDATED: 12:38 27 February 2020

The theft and trespass took place on Janurary 3 and 4 at McColls newsagents in Haldens, Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Google Street View.

The theft and trespass took place on Janurary 3 and 4 at McColls newsagents in Haldens, Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Google Street View.

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A man from Welwyn Garden City has pleaded guilty to the theft of cash and cigarettes from a McColl’s in the town.

Ryan Ellis, of Knightsfield, admitted to trespassing and stealing from the newsagent and post office in Haldens on two separate occasions last month.

He stole £1,500 worth of cigarettes and cash to the value of £200 on January 3 and on January 4 stole £1,000 worth of cigarettes and £2,500 in cash.

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The 35-year-old admitted to trespassing and theft at two hearings at Stevenage Magistrates' Court - on January 18 and February 11 - and was given a prison sentence of six months, suspended for 24 months.

According to the court, this is due to the seriousness of the offence and that it involved a degree of planning, he went equipped to enter and caused damage to the property.

A significant loss to the business was also recorded during the police investigation.

He has also been ordered to pay £5,200 in compensation, a £122 surcharge to victims' services, and £85 costs. He must also attend a drug programme and be under electronic monitoring for three months.

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