Blackpool breakdown prompted jewel raid by Sunderland man

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A MAN has been jailed for 12 months for smashing into a jeweller’s shop and swiping £8,800 worth of items.

Phillip Lusby and pals were on their way back from a day trip to Blackpool, on November 8, when the group stopped after their Vauxhall Vectra overheated.

But while stuck in Barnard Castle, the 27-year-old, of South Terrace, Southwick, decided to break into Market Cross jewellers in the town’s Horse Market, using rocks to smash through the glass.

Durham Crown Court was told that after the raid, three Seiko watches were found in a nearby garden. The business was also put under financial pressure because of another unrelated attack.

Lusby admitted burglary. Glenn Gatland, mitigating, prosecutor Simon Crowder and Judge Christopher Prince all agreed the incident had been unsophisticated and carried out on the spur of the moment.

Mr Gatland said Lusby has since severed links with those he had been hanging around with from Humberside and was in a relationship and planning to move in with his girlfriend in the Chester-le-Street area.

He was also hoping to take up a job as a fork-lift truck driver.

The court was told Lusby was drawn to the shop by the bright lights of its display.