A burglar has been jailed after being found hiding in the toilets of a charity shop he had broken into.
Thomas Crampton, aged 31, was in the middle of raiding the Mind charity shop in Mansfield Road, Sherwood, when officers on routine patrol noticed its alarm was going off.
After making their way in through a panel in the smashed front door they found Crampton – hiding behind the toilet door – and arrested him shortly after 2.30am on Sunday, March 6.
Necia Arme, the manager of the shop who has been there for 17 years, was then notified about what had happened.
She said: “I was alerted by the police knocking on my door at 3am. They were hammering away so I knew something was wrong.
“They told me they had arrested someone who had broken into the shop and so I went right away.
“We have a lot of volunteers and people who love the shop so they were very surprised and worried when they found out what happened.
“A lot of people said ‘how can anybody do that to our shop?’
“It’s pretty unbelievable. The police were fantastic and we can not thank them enough.
“Only the bottom part of the glass door had been shattered, so we were able to stay open today and yesterday as well, which is good.”
She added that she believed he had only taken a small amount of stock, if anything at all, before he was caught.
Crampton appeared at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on Monday morning, March 7, where he admitted to two counts of burglary and was jailed for 32 weeks.
The other burglary took place at a business premises in Main Street, Bulwell, on Monday, February 28 – on both occasions he had used a brick to gain entry.
PC Rebekah Jackson, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “This was a great bit of work by officers who were alerted by the sound of the shop’s alarm.
After bravely heading inside through the hole Crampton had left for them they were soon able to flush him out of his hiding place and arrest him.
Burglaries like these have a very significant impact on small businesses who face significant costs to repair the damage left behind, which is why Nottinghamshire Police have two dedicated teams of detectives who specialize in burglary investigations.
“I am pleased Crampton has now been brought to justice and hope he uses this spell behind bars to reassess the way he is living his life.”
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