A plumber who stole £3,000 from a flat he worked in has been ordered to repay the money to his victim.
Marlon Stevens-Joslin, 42, of Burnt Oak Fields, took the money from a Watling Street property in Radlett, St Albans Crown Court heard.
Hertfordshire Police say the money was removed from the flat on July 9, 2019 and forensic scientists were able to link the plumber to the burglary.
Police say Stevens-Joslin first visited the property on June 4, 2019, to carry out work, then discovered evidence on her cellphone of photos taken from the apartment window on June 19, when the plumber had no reason to be at the apartment that day. daytime.
After the burglary was reported, the court heard that a small amount of the plumber’s blood was found at the scene, which linked him to a window smashed in the break-in.
Detective Constable Ian Waldock said: “When we invite trades people into our homes to carry out work, we are confident that they are only there to do their job, not to plan a burglary. Stevens-Joslin said abused that trust.
“The victim was saving the money he stole to further his education and support his family. The news of his conviction will also make it difficult for him to get a future job as a house-entry plumber.”
Stevens-Joslin was convicted of burglary in February and sentenced on March 22.
He was given a two-year prison sentence suspended for 18 months and given a six-month curfew to be home between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.
The plumber was also ordered to pay £3,000 in compensation to the victim, as well as £1,000 in legal costs.
DC Waldock added: “If Stevens-Joslin had been jailed immediately, there would have been very little chance of her getting the money back.
“If Stevens-Joslin commits further crimes during his suspended sentence or fails to pay compensation, he faces jail time.”
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This notice was published: 2022-04-01 09:00:00