BOOZY BURGLAR: Man smashes into a pub and falls asleep at the scene
Image: Northumbria Police
This is the moment a brazen burglar smashed into a pub and helped himself to a drink – before falling asleep at the scene of the crime.
Marius Petrikas has been jailed after being convicted of the break-in at the City Tavern in Newcastle on August 5 last year.
Newcastle Crown Court heard how the 30-year-old used a crowbar to pry open the doors to the city centre boozer.
CCTV captured the burglar smashing his way through the pub, ransacking the premises and causing more than £20,000 in damage.
But the footage also captured him helping himself to food and pouring himself a drink from behind the bar.
The next morning the landlord arrived back at the premises to find a scene of destruction and contacted police immediately.
Officers arrived at the scene within minutes and quickly found Petrikas inside the pub – fast asleep and snoring.
He admitted a charge of burglary at Newcastle Crown Court and on Thursday he was sentenced to 12 months behind bars.
Inspector Karen Madge, who is in charge of policing in Newcastle city centre at Northumbria Police, today condemned the thief.
SHe said: “This is already an incredibly difficult time for our region’s businesses without the actions of Petrikas causing thousands of pounds worth of damage.
“Petrikas has left a trail of destruction throughout the pub after attempting to destroy the security system. All of that was ultimately in vain as he was found sleeping on the job..
“We welcome the custodial sentence handed down by the judge and hope that this comes provides some comfort to the victim.
“We will continue to patrol our city centre during lockdown to deter opportunistic thieves – if they do strike then we won’t hesitate to put them before the courts.”
Petrikas, of Ashley Close, Killingworth, was also in breach of a community order imposed for affray, assault and criminal damage.
The court heard he had caused more than £5,000 of damage to his former home in Darlington after being told to leave by the landlord.
Words: Northumbira Police
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