A man who smashed a restaurant’s glass door and made off with the staff’s tip jar has been jailed.
Craig Jones broke into The Secret Beach Bar & Kitchen on Swansea’s seafront at St Helen’s on June 30, leaving a trail of debris and forcing the business to lose hours of trade while they cleaned up the mess the following morning.
It also meant part of the glass-fronted venue, which enjoys glorious views across the bay, was boarded up for weeks. You can read more about that here.
But the 44-year-old, of Eaton Crescent in Uplands, appeared before magistrates in Swansea this week, where he was jailed for a total of 40 weeks – 24 for the burglary and 16 for going equipped.
He was also ordered to pay £156 surcharge.
Craig Jones, 44, broke into The Secret Beach Bar & Kitchen
(Image: South Wales Police)
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Ryan Hole, who with sister Lucy own and run the bar, said: “We are just glad he’s been brought to justice, and hopefully this will deter anyone from attempting anything similar in future.
“We had to close for a morning, and fortunately we only had to board up the door for a couple of weeks. We were expecting it to be longer, but a local glass supplier helped us out.
“It’s just frustrating when you work so hard to have people behave in this way”.
The break-in came in the same week as another hospitality venue, Sin City, was targeted.
Scott James Bevan, aged 45 and of Talley Road in Penlan, received a 12-week sentence for that burglary, suspended for 18 months.
He was also ordered to pay £2584 in compensation, as well as a surcharge of £128 and £85 costs.