Leeds Currys manager beat up burglar who tried to escape with empty laptop box
A burglar who tried to escape from an electrical store with an empty laptop box was chased and beaten by the manager.
Lee Thorpe picked up the box of Currys PC World at Crown Point Shopping Park on January 31 of this year.
Leeds Crown Court heard that the ‘prolific repeat offender’ was licensed at the time.
The 41-year-old was jailed for a year and seven months today (Wednesday) after pleading guilty to burglary.
Prosecutor Ayesha Smart said Thorpe entered the store, found a security key and used it to open a unit.
She said he picked out two laptop boxes and placed one on the floor and one under her arm.
Thorpe tried to get out the front door but the store manager was on the floor and yelled, “Code 10.”
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The accused tried to pass him and told him to step aside, which he did not do.
Thorpe then went to the back of the store, came out the fire door and slammed it behind him.
Ms Smart said the manager and one of his colleagues were chasing Thorpe and the gate led him to a secure yard with a six-foot-high fence.
CCTV footage showed the manager hitting Thorpe four times, knee kicking him twice in the chest and kicking him while he was on the ground.
The laptop box was empty.
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Thorpe had a dog nail clipper in his possession when he was arrested.
Ms Smart said the accused told police he was assaulted by the manager, but no further action was taken against him.
Thorpe has 45 previous convictions for 90 offenses, most of which are for theft and similar offenses, including burglary.
The court heard he had mental health and drug issues.
Gareth Henderson-Moore, mitigating, said his client had not been offended since the burglary and, with the exception of one incident, had observed a curfew while on bail.
He said Thorpe needed help.