Veteran arcade thief given six month suspended sentence

Stardust Amusements robbery thief sentenced
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An experienced arcade thief who stole £1,000 in coins from Stardust Amusements in Newport, Wales, has been given a six month suspended sentence by Cardiff Crown Court, after attempting to rob the venue a second time.


Liam Dorrian was arrested on 20 February last year, having returned to the arcade the day after he used a strimming device to steal the cash, with his latest court appearance the most recent of 39 previous convictions for 85 offences.

“He has been partaking in this type of theft for around 25 years,” said prosecutor Tom Roberts, noting Dorrian’s first strimming conviction took place back in 1996.

“This was a relatively sophisticated offence and something you have done in the past,” added judge Greg Bull. “Your record is atrocious.”

Despite his record, Dorrian was handed a six month jail sentence, suspended for 18 months, and ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work, alongside a 15-day rehabilitation activity requirement.

Having breached a 20-week suspended prison sentence for battery and public disorder by committing the robbery, the 52-year old was also sentenced to an additional 40 hours of unpaid work.

The court also requires Dorrian to pay £500 in compensation to Stardust Amusements, £400 towards prosecution costs and a £122 victim surcharge.

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