CCTV thief is caught on camera

York Crown Court
York Crown Court

A CCTV system, installed to offer security to residents of a Scarborough block of flats, ended up being stolen.

York Crown Court heard on Thursday, last week that the system was almost new, being installed after an earlier system was also stolen from the Foundation Housing Association properties in Queens Terrace.

Before the court for the most recent theft was Damen O’Nions, 22 who appeared for sentencing having previously admitted the burglary of the premises, together with three offences of theft and a failure to surrender to bail.

Simon Kealey, prosecuting, told how the £1,383 security system was taken between February 15 and 18, this year.

The court heard that someone had entered a locked room in the block of flats and that, as well as the thefts, £1,740 worth of damage had been caused to the property.

O’Nions, of Overdale, Eastfield, was traced by DNA found on the connecting cables to the security system.

It was whilst on bail that O’Nions went on the steal cases of lager from a local Nisa supermarket on August 28, alcohol from a Co-operative store and cosmetics from Debenhams, both on September 24

Ironically it was security CCTV systems in all three cases that led to O’Nions identification and apprehension, bringing him back before the court to answer for his crimes.

The court heard that O’Nions had a total of 59 previous convictions for 109 offences.

For O’Nions, Simon Clegg said that his client was now beginning to realise that he was wasting his life.

Not least because he was separated from his family on remand at a time when his 24-year-old cousin had died from cancer.

Passing sentence, The Recorder of York, Judge Stephen Ashurst, told O’Nions that he was a “persistent thief” with a record of being resistant to court sentences and orders.

Adding that he was satisfied that the defendant’s problem was his alcohol and drug addictions, the judge said that breaking these habits was in his own hands and that he no choice but to impose a custodial sentence for the most recent offences.

O’Nions was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment.