Sneak burglar caught on camera hiding in cloakroom at East 59th restaurant in Leeds city centre

A career burglar was caught on camera stealing staff belongings and computer equipment at a restaurant in Leeds city centre.

Friday, 10th July 2020, 4:45 pm

Damien Robinson was jailed for six months over the offence at East 59th restaurant, in the Victoria Quarter, and a burglary at a Co-op store.

Leeds Crown Court heard a member of staff at the restaurant left his rucksack next to a kitchen hatch on February 12 this year.

It was missing when he went to collect it at the end of his shift.

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Over the next three days he asked colleagues if they knew where it was before reporting the matter to his manager.

CCTV footage was checked and it showed Robinson hiding in a cloakroom on the evening of February 12.

After staff members had left the premises he took the rucksack, a lap top computer, tablet devices and bottles of spirits.

Robinson then targeted the Co-op store on New York Street in Leeds city centre on June 12.

A member of security staff was informed that someone had entered the warehouse area.

He went to investigate and found the warehouse empty but noticed that the fire doors were open.

The CCTV system was checked and Robinson was seen stealing eight jars of coffee and an iPad worth £400.

The security officer saw Robinson outside the store later in the day and detained him.

The defendant was interviewed about both offences and said he had sold some of the stolen items.

Robinson, 29, of Athlone Terrace, Armley, pleaded guilty to two offences of burglary.

The court heard he has 48 convictions for 116 offences.

Most of his convictions are for burglaries at commercial premises.

John Bottomley, mitigating, said Robinson pleaded guilty to the offences at an early stage.

Jailing Robinson, Judge Mushtaq Khokhar said: "You have been getting community orders to sort out your offending but it hasn't worked.because you have breached those orders more often than not.

"There came a time when short prison sentences were imposed to discourage your from this sort of behaviour and that hasn't worked."