Currys PC World store burglar jailed after being caught red-handed by staff at Crown Point store in Leeds
Career criminal Lee Thorpe was locked up for 19 months for the offense at the Crown Point store near central Leeds.
Leeds Crown Court has learned that the store was closed at the time of the heist at 1 p.m. on January 31 of this year.
Ayesha Smart, prosecutor, said signs had been placed outside the store informing people that the premises were closed to the public.
Thorpe forced an automatic door open and got hold of a security key to open boxes containing laptops.
Thorpe was then confronted by store staff and the defendant escaped through a backdoor.
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Thorpe was carrying another bag containing nail clippers and other items intended to steal goods.
The court heard that Thorpe was under the influence of alcohol and drugs at the time of the offense.
He pleaded guilty to burglary.
Thorpe, of Holmefirth Green, Leeds, has 44 convictions for 90 previous offenses.
Gareth Henderson-Moore, mitigating, said Thorpe pleaded guilty at an early stage.
Upon conviction, Judge Simon Phillips QC said: “It’s pretty clear that you were trying to run away with the box.
“It should be noted that this violation took place in national containment, at a time when the public was well aware of their obligations.”