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Thief leaves ID details behind after burgling Woodside Pharmacy in Norwich

07:00 30 June 2012

Norwich Magistrates Court

Norwich Magistrates Court

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A bungling burglar left behind his address after stealing thousands of pounds worth of drugs from a Norwich pharmacy, a court heard.

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Darren Henderson, 31, of no fixed abode, left his ID in a bag that police found hanging on a bicycle nearby.

He pleaded guilty to burgling Woodside Pharmacy in Woodside Road on June 7, and possessing 0.4g of cannabis on the same date, at an earlier hearing.

Yesterday, at Norwich Magistrates’ Court, he was jailed for 20 weeks suspended for 12 months.

The court heard that the pharmacy’s alarm was set-off at 2am and police found a hole smashed through the building’s roof with a ladder hanging down.

After discovering Henderson’s address, police found him in a shed at the property and he was arrested, Prescription forms and drugs from the burglary were found in his coat pocket, prosecutor Anna Crayford said. Drugs matching those taken from the burglary were also found in his shoes.

She said the value of the drugs taken totalled about £2866 and more than £2000 worth of damage was caused to the pharmacy in the burglary.

She said the pharmacy was also £550 out of pocket after losing its no claims bonus and excess insurance.

Gavin Cowe, for Henderson, said the burglary was not a professional job, and said Henderson had got on to the shop’s roof, removed tiles and then cut through the polystyrene ceiling, climbing into the property on a ladder.

He urged magistrates to give Henderson a drug rehabilitation requirement with any order.

Magistrates told Henderson that the crime was exacerbated by the fact that he had deliberately targeted a pharmacy, it occurred at night, and there was not an insignificant loss of stock.

He was handed a 12-month supervision order with a 12-month drug rehabilitation requirement.

He must pay £550 compensation but no order for costs was made.

At his previous court appearance, the court was told that Henderson had only been released from prison the day before he had burgled the pharmacy, and had been released while still on class A drugs.

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