Burglar caught during strike at Leeds bowling alley

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A burglar targeted bowling alleys, the Royal Armouries and a firm of solicitors during a spree of offending to fund his drug habit, a court heard.

During one offence Thomas Cawley entered Hollywood Bowl, Cardigan Fields, Kirkstall, and went into a cleaner’s cupboard and removed ceiling tiles.

The 25-year-old then climbed through the roof space and dropped down into the bar area and stole bottles of alcohol.

Cawley also went into the offices of Irwin Mitchell solicitors in Leeds city centre and stole two lap top computers worth £2,000.

He was caught on CCTV entering the building around 6pm on July 27 this year and walking out with the computer equipment.

In another incident at Hollywood Bowl, on August 1, Cawley entered a private area and attempted to steal bottles of alcohol but was disturbed by a member of staff.

Cawley claimed to have got lost looking for the toilet and left.

Leeds Crown Court heard Cawley was seen targeting a games machine at Bowlplex at Xscape, in Castleford. He managed to take £175 from the machine but cut himself and left blood at the scene.

He was arrested and interviewed over the offences on September 17 before being released on bail.

Cawley, of Model Road, Armley, was then arrested after trying to break open a gaming machine at the Royal Armouries.

He pleaded to three offences of burglary, theft and attempted theft.

The court heard Cawley had spent the equivalent of a six month sentence on remand since being arrested.

Judge Neil Clark gave Cawley a seven month sentence, suspended for 18 months.

He was also ordered to do 150 hours unpaid work.

The judge said: “You showed a degree of determination. You have a bad record.”