Burglar found hiding in the bushes
A man who stole power tools worth almost £6,000 from a Peterborough builders merchants after using a brick to smash a window has been jailed for 10 months.
John Langley, (38), of no fixed abode, was sentenced at Peterborough Crown Court last week after pleading guilty to burglary, possession of a knife and obstructing a constable following the early morning burglary. The court heard how Langley broke into a builders merchants in Boongate, Peterborough at about 4.50am on March 9.
He used a brick to smash a window and stole five power tools worth a combined total of £5,900.
When officers arrived Langley was discovered hiding in a bush with the tools. During his arrest he told police officers he had a knife in his pocket.
At the court hearing last week, Langley was jailed for 10 months for the burglary charge and two months for possession of a knife, with both sentences to be served concurrently. There was no separate penalty issued for obstructing a police officer.
Cambridgeshire police have issued advice on how to reduce the chance of being burgled. For details visit www.cambs.police. uk/A-Z/Burglary