Burglar hid in store overnight in jewels theft bid

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A MAN hid overnight in Sheffield’s John Lewis department store with the intention of smashing the jewellery counter and stealing £30,000 worth of goods.

Darryl Stuart Curtis, aged 46, stayed behind when the shop closed last October and broke into the jewellery counter using a hammer.

But he was unable to get out of the store in Barker’s Pool in Sheffield city centre and was still on the premises when staff returned the next morning.

Doncaster Crown Court heard he was detained before he could leave with the stolen goods, all of which were recovered.

Curtis, of Samuel Road, Norfolk Park, pleaded guilty to burglary and was given a suspended jail term.

Richard Sheldon, defending, said: “He is genuinely ashamed of what he did and his children don’t know he’s been to prison.”

Mr Sheldon said Curtis, who has a previous history of offending, had suffered the sudden death of his sister a year ago which had a retrograde effect on him.

The judge said public justice could be served by a non-custodial sentence.

Curtis received a 50-week jail term suspended for two years, 12-month supervision order and must carry out 200 hours’ of unpaid work.