TWO burglars were jailed after they carried out a series of “frightening” daytime raids in which all their victims were at home at the time.

Stuart Wilson and Jonathan Plummer broke into houses and a flat in the Ebbw Vale area because they were “desperate for money to buy drugs”.

Marian Lewis, prosecuting, said three properties were targeted between 11.30am and 1pm on January 11.

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Stuart Wilson

Coins, jewellery, a machete, watches, a driving licence and bank card were among the items stolen, Cardiff Crown Court was told.


The raids took place at Bethcar Street and Beaufort Rise in Ebbw Vale and Summerfield Road in Rassau.

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Jonathan Plummer

Miss Lewis said Plummer acted as the duo’s “getaway driver”.

Wilson, 35, of Park Row, Tredegar, and Plummer, 34, of Sunny View, Tredegar, both pleaded guilty to three counts of burglary.

Wilson also admitted possessing Valium, a class C drug, and obstructing a constable.

He had 25 previous convictions for 41 offences including a number for burglary for which he had received jail sentences.

Plummer had four convictions for six offences, but none for burglary.

Jeffrey Jones, for Wilson, said: “He was looking for items to sell to buy drugs. He was desperate.”

Stephen Thomas, representing Plummer, said: “The defendant has a limited antecedent history and no relevant previous convictions.

“It is not an excuse but he needed money for drugs.

“He is now drug free and has been assessed as presenting a low risk of reoffending.”

The judge, Recorder Timothy Brennan QC, said: “These were daytime burglaries during which the victims had the hugely distressing experience of meeting the burglar or burglars.

“They were frightening burglaries.”

Wilson was jailed for two years and 11 months and Plummer was locked up for one year and 10 months.

Both received credit for their guilty pleas.

The defendants were ordered to pay a victim surcharge after their release from custody.