Burglar stole charity tin in South Yorkshire school and shop raids

Nicky Cook
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A BURGLAR who broke into a building site and raided a sandwich shop, stealing a charity collection tin, has been jailed for a year.

Nicky Cook, aged 29, was caught on CCTV rifling through a school being built on Dodworth Road, Barnsley.

While on bail, he burgled the Locarno sandwich bar in Hoyland, leaving the shop ‘in disarray’, Sheffield Crown Court heard.

Fiona Swain, prosecuting, said Cook was filmed on CCTV in the main building and set off the security alarm.

He was arrested after being identified by a police officer. In interview he said he hoped to steal metal such as copper piping and sell it for scrap.

Cook was charged with burglary and bailed, but weeks later he was caught raiding the sandwich shop at around 12.30am.

Police were called to the scene and Cook was found by a dog handler.

Andrew Smith, defending, said Cook, of Midland Road, Royston, was a heroin addict but had received help for his problems while on remand.

“The hope is when he is released there is going to be some practical support given to him,” Mr Smith added.

The judge, Recorder Michael Hubbard QC, said: “It’s all too easy to go on to a site and nick things and it’s happening all the time. There’s very little owners of sites can do about it.

“The seriousness of these matters is that, after you were put on bail for the first offence, you go out and within a very short time commit the second. That’s what aggravates it.”