Criminals who targeted Porthcawl surfers’ cars are locked up

Two men who targeted surfers’ cars in Porthcawl have been locked up.

Matthew Maynard and Kevin Criddle, both from Swansea , have started their stints behind bars after pleading guilty to various charges.

Maynard, 31, who lives in Swansea city centre, was jailed for 26 months after pleading guilty to two counts of theft of a motor vehicle and being carried in a stolen vehicle back in summer 2015.

Criddle, 45, of Morriston, who pleaded guilty to three counts of theft of a motor vehicle, was sentenced to 16 months.

A third man, Christopher Hanney, 31, from Clase, Swansea, received a nine-month suspended sentence, 200 hours of unpaid work and three month curfew for possession of criminal property.

They were sentenced at Swansea Crown Court on February 16.

Container traced to nearby fast food restaurant

Criddle and Maynard started their spate of car thefts on August 1, 2015 when they took the keys to a Hyundai which were left in an unattended bag on Rest Bay.

The car park at Rest Bay

According to South Wales Police , officers carried out “extensive” CCTV enquires, which identified Criddle and Maynard getting out of the stolen Hyundai with a fast food container, which was then traced to a nearby fast food restaurant.

On September 1, they struck again, and stole a Ford Fiesta after keys were left in a safe box attached to the vehicle parked near the Hi Tide bar.

They stole another Ford Fiesta five days later, this time after keys were left in an unattended bag in Rest Bay.

In late September, officers were alerted that the suspects were back in Porthcawl, which resulted in Criddle making off from officers before being arrested and sentenced to 14 months for dangerous driving and a number of other driving offences.

Rest Bay, Porthcawl

‘Don’t be tempted to leave valuables unattended’

Maynard and Hanney were arrested after officers executed a search warrant at an address in Swansea in November 2015, and an excess of £9,000 was also recovered from the property.

South Wales Police Detective Sergeant, Julian Kerslake, said: “Surfers and other sea lovers were targeted by Maynard and Criddle as they headed into the water and left personal belongings and valuables unattended.

“Every year, there is a spike in the number of crimes reported on beaches in Porthcawl.

“The message is simple, don’t be tempted to leave keys and other valuables unattended while you go in the sea. Small bags that can be carried or attached to the owner at all times, even when in the water, are a great idea for keeping keys and some other belongings safe.”

Article source: http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/local-news/criminals-who-targeted-porthcawl-surfers-12634863