Sofa surfer’s ‘crime spree’ comes to an end

CCTV footage led police to identify and arrest a Rhondda man who went on a crime spree while sofa surfing in Carmarthen.

Dyfed-Powys Police officers swiftly identified prolific offender Martin Clee, from Mountain Ash, as a suspect while investigating a burglary at The Tea Shop in Carmarthen on March 3.

Numerous enquiries were carried out as officers attempted to locate the 34-year-old, who was moving around friends’ homes in the town, but he could not be found.

A second burglary was reported at Alliance Therapy on March 14, where money was stolen. Once again, Clee appeared on CCTV footage from the scene.

Arrest enquiries led officers to find a bag belonging to Clee, which contained items taken from a car.

It was also discovered that Clee was driving a Ford KA, which targeting team officers spotted in Station Road, Llanelli, yesterday (March 17).

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The suspect was seen getting out of the car, and was arrested. On being searched by officers, he produced amphetamine – a class B drug.

He was charged with six offences – two counts of burglary, handling stolen goods, two driving offences, and possession of a class B drug – and remanded to appear at Llanelli Magistrates’ Court.

He admitted all six offences, and will be sentenced at Swansea Crown Court on April 13.

Detective Sergeant Owen Lock said: “This is an excellent example of numerous departments and teams working together to secure charges against a prolific offender.

“We hope this investigation goes to show our determination to pursue offenders who come into our force area to commit offences.”

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