Man jailed for stealing Slush Puppy machines - Waltham Abbey

10/03/2017

A man, who stole 16 slush puppy machines from a warehouse unit was arrested a short while later in Waltham Cross.

David Neil was a passenger in a stolen Mitsubishi van when police officers saw it in Station Road. They signalled for the van to pull over but, instead, Neil and the driver got out and made a run for it. Neil, aged 25, from East London, didn't get far before he was arrested and on Friday, 10 March 2017, appeared at St Albans Crown Court in custody.

Neil pleaded guilty to two offences of burglary and using criminal property (the Mitsubishi van).

Andrea Scott-Lynch, prosecuting for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), told how in November of last year, Neil, who hadn't been out of prison long and who was of no fixed address, burgled a launderette in East Ham High Street in the early hours during which £450 was taken from a back office. He left behind a mobile phone, which was found to contain his DNA.

The court then heard how in the early hours of 9 February this year, Neil took part in a break-in at a warehouse unit on the Lea Valley Trading Estate in Waltham Abbey. Entry was gained by forcing open the shutters and 16 Slush Puppy machines were stolen and loaded into the back of the Mitsubishi van, which had been stolen a week earlier in Edmonton.

Neil, who was a passenger in the van, and the driver, then left the scene only to arouse the suspicion of Herts Police a short while later in nearby Waltham Cross. Neil was arrested after trying to make off on foot.

The court was told Neil had a drug problem, which was behind much of his offending over the year.

Judge Stephen Warner jailed him for a total of 14 months.

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