Bur­glars jailed for store raid

Loughborough Echo - - LETTERS - DAVID GODSALL david.godsall@reach­plc.com

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.”

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