15-month prison sentence for ‘prolific offender’ following Llanelli Play Centre burglary court case

A prolific offender who bought a car and a motorbike in the days following a burglary at a Llanelli children’s play centre has received a 15-month prison sentence for handling stolen goods.

David Richard Thomas Bastiman, aged 32, of Llwynhendy stood trial at Swansea Crown Court on Thursday, May 3. He was found not guilty of the burglary, which occurred at Play King in Dafen on November 27, 2017, but guilty of handling stolen goods.

Evidence presented to the courts outlined how Bastiman deposited a significant quantity of old style pound coins at Nationwide Building Society in the town days after the burglary. A money bag used to deposit the coins was recovered and forensically linked back to Bastiman.

During the investigation a significant amount of property and vehicles was seized from Bastiman under the Proceeds of Crime Act after he was found to have bought a car and motorbike in cash in the days after the burglary.

Detective Inspector Gareth Roberts said: “This conviction was possible thanks to the meticulous investigating of the Officer in Charge, DC Robert Claypole. I hope the local communities within Llanelli will feel reassured that Bastiman has been brought to justice for his crime and has confidence in Dyfed-Powys Police that we have highly skilled officers working tirelessly to secure such convictions.

“We are very grateful for the assistance provided by key witnesses, especially those members of Nationwide staff that showed a high level of vigilance that gave us important evidential opportunities.”

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