A ‘brazen’ Newport thief stole a pub’s karaoke machine

A THIEF then stole a pub’s karaoke machine and searched through supermarket staff’s bags after robbing a ‘vulnerable’ man.

Jan Kandrac’s crimes were committed in Newport town center after he took The Talisman’s £1,500 karaoke machine, attempted to rob Sainsbury’s employees and ransacked a flat.

Byron Broadstock, prosecuting, said during the burglary at the disabled man’s home that the defendant left behind a box of tobacco containing drugs and his bank card inside.

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The cheeky crack addict Kandrac then returned to the apartment and demanded that his victim return them.

A quick-witted neighbor of the vulnerable man took a picture of the accused and gave it to the police.

Kandrac stole a TV, DVD player and mobile phone in that burglary and sold them for £15 at a pawnshop, Cardiff Crown Court heard.

The 28-year-old then targeted The Talisman pub and attempted to sell the karaoke equipment at the same pawnshop.

His latest offense at Sainsbury’s was when he was caught red-handed searching through bags after he managed to get into the staff lift.

Kandrac, of Ebenezer Terrace, Newport, pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary and one of attempted burglary and fraud.

He had a previous conviction for driving under the influence of drugs and had breached a suspended prison sentence.

Owen Williams, representing the defendant, said the former laborer and factory worker was from Slovakia and came to live in Newport when he was 13.

“He is the father of three children and his wife and children have returned to Slovakia and he has a long-distance relationship with them,” his lawyer told the court.

“The defendant became addicted to crack cocaine and his actions were intended to fund this addiction.

“He rehabbed in prison and wants to be reunited with his family after his release.”

The judge, Recorder IWL Jones, told Kandrac: ‘The burglary of an apartment house committed against a vulnerable disabled man asleep on the sofa is an extremely serious offence.

“You left behind a box of drugs and you had the bare cheek to show up at his house and wait for them to return.”

The accused was imprisoned for two years.

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