Burglar trashed Sunderland Chinese takeaway – to steal just £15

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A BURGLAR who smashed through the roof of a shop to carry out a raid has been jailed.

John Somers caused £500 damage when he kicked his way into the Good Meals Chinese takeaway in Sunderland last month – and got away with just £15.

The 34-year-old, who had smashed the shop’s new alarm system, was captured on CCTV roaming around inside, looking for things to steal.

At the time, he was on a suspended sentence for a pizza shop break-in, which he had been given just two days earlier.

Newcastle Crown Court heard owner David Shek realised his shop had been raided when he discovered the damage to his ceiling on the morning of June 16.

Prosecutor Emma Dowling told the court: “Entry had been gained to the premises by 
climbing on to the shop via the roof and some damage was caused.”

The court heard Mr Shek is considering selling his business after the latest attack on it.

He told police in a statement: “I am sick and tired of being broken into. This is the third time in three months.

“The adjoining property had been broken into numerous times and it got so bad the owner left the premises.

“I am thinking of doing the same.

“Things are out of control at the moment. I am a hard-working, law-abiding man being constantly disrupted by burglars.”

Somers, of Chiswick Road, Hylton Castle, pleaded guilty to burglary. Judge Paul Sloan QC jailed Somers, who has convictions for 69 previous offences, including 40 for dishonesty, for 20 months.

The judge said: “You climbed on to the roof and then used your feet to force entry through the roof and internal ceiling, thereby gaining access to the store room and staff area.

“Mr Shek is weary of his premises being broken into and thinking of selling his property because of the amount of crime, his premises having been targeted on this latest occasion by you.”

Jamie Adams, defending, said Somers had been drinking heavily and has expressed motivation to “sort himself out”.