Man, 20, admits role in £13k store raid
ABURGLAR who stole £13,300 worth of cash, alcohol and cigarettes from a convenience store has been locked up.
Reece Mead, 20, and two other unknown offenders targeted the Premier Mini-Mart on Burnley Road East in Waterfoot in the early hours of February 27 this year.
Prosecutor Stephen Parker told Burnley Crown Court how the offenders used a white van to force open the metal shutters at the back of the store.
They were then observed by a neighbour, who was awoken by banging noises, loading ‘large quantities’ of alcohol and cash into the van.
The court heard how they then used a rope to drag a cash machine containing around £3,500 onto the vehicle.
Mr Parker said by the time police arrived at the scene the men had fled with £6,500 in cigarettes, £1,000 in spirits and £2,300 cash from the till.
The court heard how the owner was insured for the £13,300 theft but not for the £3,500 damage costs to repair the shutters and rear doors.
Lancashire Police issued a CCTV appeal for information following the incident and the court was told how Mead handed himself into Greater Manchester Police in Rochdale after seeing the appeal online.
He told officers: “I handed myself in because I wasn’t wearing gloves and both my mates were.
“So I didn’t want to be stuck in a cell when I was off my head and wanted to have clean clothes on and be clear in my head so I thought I’d hand myself in.”
Mr Parker said Mead refused to name his two accomplices.
Mead, of Cottage Bank Way, Rochdale, pleaded guilty to burglary at Burnley Crown Court and was sent to a young offenders institution ( YOI) for 32 months.
The court heard how the defendant has three previous convictions for burglary offences and was also sent to a YOI in 2016 for 10 months.
Judge Simon Medland QC said Mead had a ‘poor criminal record’ and it was a ‘professional, planned, night-time burglary’.
Sentencing, he said: “You were disguised and a high value of readily saleable goods and cash were stolen. There was about £3,500 of costs which are uninsured for the proprietor of those premises, who was then prevented from undertaking the valuable public service that all convenience shops like that provide to everybody.” ●● One of the raiders during the theft at the Premier Mini-Mart in Waterfoot