An Abergavenny man has been jailed after being caught with £3,700 of stolen SmartWater-marked lead from a church roof.
Jonathan Vaughn, 35, was caught after police received an anonymous call to say he was melting lead in his garden in St Llanfoist. When officers recovered the lead it was found to be marked with traces of SmartWater forensic solution. Subsequent analysis of the SmartWater identified the lead as having come from St Mary’s Church roof in Abergavenny.
At Cwmbran Magistrates’ Court, Vaughn admitted a charge of handling stolen goods. He was sentenced to four months for the offence and 113 days for a previous offence of assault after magistrates activated a suspended sentence.
Mr Vaughn stated he had bought the lead to melt for Christmas money and refused to say where he’d bought it from.