Burglars jailed for store raid
TWO burglars stole thousands of pounds worth of fragrances from a Loughborough town centre store – but were arrested as they tried to escape from the scene.
Mark Robinson, 35 of Waterside Close, Loughborough, and Daniel Parker, 47, of Victoria Street, Loughborough, broke into the Boots store in Market Place during the late evening of Wednesday, May 2.
The men stole perfumes and aftershaves but were both arrested as they tried to run away.
Both defendants had previously pleaded guilty to burglary with Robinson also admitting a charge of assaulting a police officer and possession of a bladed article.
At Leicester Crown Court on Monday, June 4, Robinson was sentenced to 15 months while Parker received a sentence of eight months.
Police were called to the incident on May 2 after one of the men was seen ramming the doors to the store just before midnight with the glass being smashed. The men then entered the store before leaving again with one of them reported to be carrying a white sack.
Officers attended and as the men left the scene, Parker fell over a white duvet he was carrying. He was arrested and the duvet was found to contain a number of perfumes and aftershaves.
Robinson was then detained soon after, a short distance away from the incident. Officers found a knife near to where he had jumped over a wall and a bottle of aftershave was found on the floor near to where he was detained.
On arrest, Robinson spat in a police officer’s face and was further arrested for assaulting a police officer.
Officer in the case, Police Constable Andy Ilnicki said: “Both these men broke into the store stealing thousands of pounds worth of products. But thanks to the quick actions of witnesses at the scene and officers who responded to the calls they were quickly arrested.
“Robinson also spat at a police officer during his arrest and was found to be in possession of a bladed article – these are both actions which we also will not tolerate and which we will take action against as this case has shown.”