Leeds pub raid burglar sold booze on streets

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A BURGLAR who broke into a pub and stole £500 worth of booze was caught selling it from a wheelbarrow on a street corner,

Christopher Spivey was jailed for three-and-a-half years yesterday for a crime spree which also including an assault on a shopkeeper and a burglary at a Morrisons store in which he stole bottles of whisky.

Leeds Crown Court heard Spivey and another man were seen on CCTV walking into the warehouse at the Morrisons store in Morley on September 25 this year and stole six bottles of Famous Grouse.

On October 27 he went into an off licence, also in Morley, and distracted the female shopkeeper before stealing items and trying to run off.

The woman grabbed hold of him and there was a struggle inside the shop before he managed to get away.

The victim and a member of the public chased him through the streets and he was spotted getting into a van.

They noted the registration number of the vehicle and police arrested Spivey but he denied the offence and was bailed.

Spivey then smashed through patio doors to break into a house two days later and stole a computer from the property.

His DNA was found on a can of lager left at the scene.

On November 4 he broke into the Sportsman Inn, Morley, and made off with £500 worth of Budweiser from the cellar.

Prosecutor Carmel Pearson said Spivey used a wheelbarrow to take the alcohol from the premises. He was spotted selling the booze the following day.

Miss Pearson said: “He was seen on a street corner in Morley with Budwesier by a woman who saw him selling it to a passing motorist.”

Spivey and another man were then seen getting into a taxi.

After his arrest Spivey continued to deny involvement in the offence until he was shown CCTV evidence.

Spivey, of Pentland Way, Morley, pleaded guilty two offences of burglary, theft and common assault.

The court heard Spivey has 31 previous convictions for 54 offences, mainly for theft and burglary.

Ian Cook, mitigating, said Spivey has a long history of offending which was linked to his abuse of drink and drugs.

Mr Cook said his client had managed to stay out of trouble for four years before the offences and had returned to his old ways following the break-up of the relationship with his partner.

He added: “He quickly started to mix with people involved in drugs again and started to offend. He recognises the route cause of his offending.”

Mr Cook said Spivey was determined not to return to crime upon his relased from prison and hoped to return to work as a scaffolder.


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