A teenage mum and her boyfriend who are also partners-in-crime stole two valuable Bichon Frise puppies in a house burglary.
Mother-of-two Michaela Gunnrova, 19 and Ladislav Grundza, 21, broke into the property at Cae Glas Road, Rumney when the family living there popped out for just an hour.
A neighbour later reported having seen Grundza knocking on the door “looking suspicious”, while a silver Vauxhall car was parked outside.
Two playstations and two of the family’s eight puppies were gone, leaving three children “distressed”, prosecutor Richard Ace told Cardiff Crown Court.
One of the Playstations was sold to a cash generator shop in Albany Road, Cardiff before it and the dogs were recovered by police.
Just days earlier, on May 5, the couple from Llandudno Road, Rumney had been spotted at a house in Colwinstone Street, Fairwater.
“He was in the garden, standing on a windowsill and the female was standing outside”, Mr Ace told the court.
When neighbours, who saw Grundza “flicking at the window catch” trying to open it, went in to the garden, his girlfriend signalled to him and he jumped down and met them on the path.
“He said he had come to see someone about a dog, was told to ‘sling his hook’ and they both left.”
Arrested, Grundza said he had been up on the window ledge to attract the owner’s attention.
In court the pair pleaded guilty to burgling one property and attempting to burgle the other.
“They burgle together,” said Judge Niclas Parry after seeing their record which included a joint burglary in City Road, Cardiff in 2012.
He jailed Grundza, who was on a suspended sentence for another matter at the time, for 12 months and suspended Gunnrova’s 12-month term for two years which includes drug rehabilition.
“I am suspending it because you were only 18 and you have not been on a suspended sentence before”, he told her.
He took no action over her breaching the conditional discharge she was on from a magistrates court for shoplifting.
Defence barrister Hilary Roberts said Gunnrova had been motivated by a drug habit for which she needed money but had “played a lesser role” in the crimes.
“She is very young, has two children and is a bit unstable emotionally”, he told the judge.
James Evans, counsel for Grundza, said he had managed to get off drugs while being held on remand in custody and wanted to come out and be a “proper parent”.
He also said the young dad had worked “at three jobs” in the past and hopes to get work with a recycling firm when he is released.