Burglar’s £5,000 raid at Leeds hotel

Queens Hotel.
Queens Hotel.
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A burglar stole almost £5,000 worth of cash and property from a safe after forcing his way into an office at a city centre hotel.

A court heard Thomas Cawley carried out the raid on the accounts office at the Queens Hotel on August 14 last year.

Cawley, 25, forced the door of the office before taking cash, jewellery and shopping vouchers worth a total of £4,966 from the safe.

CCTV footage showed Cawley, who has a history of carrying-out sneak-in burglaries, entering the hotel with a woman shortly before the offence took place.His fingerprints were also found inside the office.

Cawley, of Poplar Court, Bramley, pleaded guilty to burglary. He has 25 previous convictions for committing 59 offences. In December last year he was given a suspended sentence for targeting bowling alleys, the Royal Armouries and a firm of solicitors during a spree of offending to fund his drug habit.

During one offence Cawley entered Hollywood Bowl, Cardigan Fields, Kirkstall, and went into a cleaner’s cupboard and removed ceiling tiles. He also went into the offices of Irwin Mitchell solicitors in Leeds and stolepropertyworth £2,000.

Leeds Crown Court heard Cawley was serving a prison sentence when he was arrested and interviewed over the Queens Hotel break-in.

Marcus Waite, mitigating, said Cawley had pleaded guilty to his latest offence at an early stage. He was given a seven-month prison sentence, suspended for 15 months.

Cawley was also made the subject of a three-month curfew between the hours of 9pm and 5am.