A BURGLAR who stole more than £13,000 from a garden centre has been jailed.

James Snell, 36, of Barry, has been jailed for two counts of burglary after being found guilty by a jury.

The offences took place at Pyle Garden Centre in August 2018, and at Jump, in Ty Glas Retail Park, Cardiff, on February 26, 2017.

He was sentenced at Cardiff Crown Court to a total of four years imprisonment.

The court heard, Snell sometime overnight between August 13 and 14 of this year, forced entry into the garden centre and cut into their safe with a disc cutter.

He stole £13,393 in cash from the safe.

The court heard he stole around £10,000 from Jump in Cardiff.

Detective constable Phil Colston, the officer in the case, said: “James Snell not only stole thousands from these two businesses, but he also caused significant disruption and damage when he broke-in.

“This sentence is the result of some determined efforts by officers to identify the defendant and bring him to justice as quickly as possible.

“We treat burglaries extremely seriously and our officers are 100 per cent dedicated to arresting burglars to give peace of mind to victims and to keep our communities safe."