Thief stole bridegroom’s gifts from hotel on his wedding day

MARK COOPER: Stole from a bridegroom on his wedding day.
MARK COOPER: Stole from a bridegroom on his wedding day.
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A BURGLAR stole from a bridegroom during a wedding-day hotel raid – and spat on a football crest he spotted on a pair of trousers.

Mark Cooper stole gifts, vouchers, clothes and gadgets from the groom’s bag in his room at the Roker Hotel, but left a pair of trousers bearing a Newcastle United logo, which he covered in spit.

Of course it was unpleasant and not at all a happy experience for someone on their wedding day.

Jamie Adams, defending

Newcastle Crown Court heard Cooper took the property after creeping into the hotel on Friday, February 13.

The break-in was one of a series of seven raids Cooper carried out between September and February.

The 35-year-old, who has 124 previous convictions and was on a suspended sentence for burglary at the time, was jailed for a total of 15 months.

During the crime spree Cooper broke into St Mary’s RC Primary School, in Meadowside, and stole two drills from the humanities department.

He took computers and cash from St Aidan’s Catholic Academy and also targeted Thornhill School.

The other raids were on commercial premises.

Prosecutor Simon Worthy said Cooper targeted the Roker Hotel twice in three days in February.

The bridegroom’s bag was taken from a room where he left it and moved to another place.

Mr Worthy said: “When he checked the bag he found certain items had been taken.

“Of relevance was a Zippo lighter which had been engraved as a present to one of the ushers.

“It was his wedding day, there were gift vouchers and other items, including clothing and the like stolen.

“There was a Newcastle motif on a pair of trousers in the bag that had been spat on.”

The court heard Cooper was back at the hotel two days later where he sneaked in and stole a handbag.

Cooper, of Canon Cockin Street, Sunderland, admitted four charges of burglary and asked for three more to be taken into consideration.

Judge Robert Adams told him: “You stole a holdall that had been left by someone who was getting married.

“Gifts for people involved in the wedding, a Zippo lighter, an iPad, iPod, clothing and toiletries were taken.”

Jamie Adams, defending, said Cooper’s addiction to amphetamine is at the heart of his offending.

Mr Adams added: “He is trying to sort himself out.

“Of course it was unpleasant and not at all a happy experience for someone on their wedding day.”