Trio who stole haul of pound coins from pub games machines sentenced

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Three men who targeted a pub to steal cash from its gaming machines have been given suspended jail terms.

A probe was launched after police were called to the Greyfriars pub in Preston city centre on December 8 at around 2.20pm, to a report three men had left the pub after stealing money from the gaming machines.

A black Vectra was stopped on Corporation St and officers found £340 in £1 coins in the boot and two pieces of wire - suspected to have been heated with a lighter found on defendant Paul Shaw - to melt the plastic and get the coins out.

Steven Moffatt, 29, of Rumney Place, Liverpool, and Paul Shaw, 32, of Brighton Street, Wallasey, admitted stealing cash belonging to leisure firm Gamestec, in a hearing before Preston Magistrates’ Court.

Both received 26 weeks suspended for 12 months, a 16 week curfew and must pay an £80 surcharge and £85 costs.

Michael Shaw, 30, of Princes Street, Liverpool, received 20 weeks suspended for 12 months after admitting the same charge.

He also received a 16 week curfew and must pay an £80 surcharge and £85 costs.

They are banned from associating.