Liquid Motion burglar pleads guilty to charges

PUBLISHED: 14:40 03 April 2013 | UPDATED: 14:40 03 April 2013


A 37-year-old Plymouth man awaits sentencing at crown court after admitting he stole equipment worth £32,800 from Liquid Motion Watersports, in Exmouth.

A 37-year-old Plymouth man has admitted burgling an Exmouth seafront watersports shop.

Steven Miller, of Melrose Avenue, in Pennycross, has pleaded guilty to burgling Liquid Motion Watersports on May 10, 2012, stealing wetsuits, surfboards, surfing equipment, surf wear and skateboards worth £32,800.

Self-employed Miller also admits stealing tools from Exmouth’s under-construction seafront bowling alley on the same night.

The defendant has been remanded in custody and awaits sentencing at Plymouth Crown Court.

Detective Sergeant Mark Newnham said Miller burgled Stephen Rollason’s Esplanade business overnight in May, just two months after it opened.

Miller appeared before the court after police uncovered stolen goods belonging to Mr Rollason in a lock-up garage in Cornwall while investigating a separate enquiry.

DS Newnham said Miller’s successful conviction would send a strong message to other offenders – the police are determined to bring criminals to task even when a case appears to have gone cold.

He said: “Whatever it takes, we carry on. We don’t give up.”

Seafront trader Mr Rollason was ‘chuffed’ when he received a call from police in Plymouth in autumn 2012, telling him his stolen goods had been found in Cornwall.

Wetsuits, all the shop’s kite surf and windsurf equipment, kayaks, skate and long boards, plus a number of large Caprina and RRD kites were all stolen in last year’s overnight raid.

When police uncovered the equipment during an investigation which centred in Plymouth, they found most of the items bore the original labels, enabling officers to trace the rightful owner.

“Through this work we found equipment we weren’t aware of,” said DS Newnham.

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