Thief posed as Crucible worker for break-in

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a DRUG addict posed as a staff member at the Crucible theatre in Sheffield to steal a laptop computer, phones and cash from backstage.

One woman even unwittingly showed 31-year-old Keith Tomlinson how to open a locked door so he could escape after rifling through personal possessions.

Sheffield Crown Court heard he twice broke into staff-only areas backstage at the Crucible through locked doors.

When challenged on the second occasion by a woman working there he ‘gave the appearance of being employed there’ – and was shown how to open a locked door so he could leave the building.

It was later found an iPhone and other personal items were missing.

Tomlinson, of Valentine Crescent, Shiregreen, Sheffield, had been bailed by magistrates three weeks earlier after stealing £3,250 of camera equipment and computers from a photography student’s flat.

The court heard a ‘highly intoxicated’ Tomlinson sneaked into the Liberty Court flats when a student opened the gate to the complex last November.

Jailing him for 15 months for burglary the judge, Recorder Mark Bury, told Tomlinson: “At the Crucible you were disguised as best you could be as an employee.”