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Burglar jailed over Morley booze thefts

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A burglar who broke into a Morley pub and stole £500 worth of alcohol was caught selling it from a wheelbarrow on a street corner in the town.

Christopher Spivey was jailed for three-and-a-half years on Monday for a crime spree which also included an assault on a shopkeeper and a burglary at Morley’s Morrisons store in which he stole bottles of whisky.

Leeds Crown Court heard Spivey and another man were seen on CCTV walking into the warehouse at the store on September 25 this year and stole six bottles of Famous Grouse.

On October 27 he went into an off licence, also in Morley, and distracted the female shopkeeper before stealing items and trying to run off.

The woman grabbed hold of him and there was a struggle inside the shop before he managed to get away. The victim and a member of the public chased him through the streets and he was spotted getting into a van.

They noted the registration number of the vehicle and police arrested Spivey but he denied the offence and was bailed.

Spivey then smashed through patio doors to break into a house two days later and stole a computer.

His DNA was found on a can of lager left at the scene.

On November 4 he broke into the Sportsman Inn, Morley, and made off with £500 worth of Budweiser from the cellar.

Prosecutor Carmel Pearson said Spivey used a wheelbarrow to take the alcohol from the bar.

He was spotted selling the booze the following day.

Miss Pearson said: “He was seen on a street corner in Morley with Budwesier by a woman who saw him selling it to a passing motorist.”

Spivey and another man were then seen getting into a taxi.

After his arrest Spivey continued to deny involvement in the offence until he was shown CCTV evidence.

Spivey, of Pentland Way, Morley, pleaded guilty two offences of burglary, theft and common assault.

The court heard Spivey has 31 previous convictions for 54 offences, mainly for theft and burglary.

Ian Cook, mitigating, said Spivey has a long history of offending which was linked to his abuse of drink and drugs.

Mr Cook said his client had managed to stay out of trouble for four years before the offences and had returned to his old ways following the break-up of the relationship with his partner.

He added: “He quickly started to mix with people involved in drugs again and started to offend. He recognises the root cause of his offending.”

Mr Cook said Spivey was determined not to return to crime upon his relased from prison and hoped to return to work as a scaffolder.

 

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