Jail reprieve for thief with £9,000 pawn phones haul

A BURGLAR who was chased through Dewsbury Market after breaking into a pawnbroker’s shop, has been handed a suspended prison sentence. 

Joe Ashley Parkinson, 21, was one of three people who broke into Moneypenny’s on Commercial Street, Dewsbury, on Tuesday, August 2.

Police were called to a burglar alarm at the premises at 1.20am and saw three hooded figures emerge from an alleyway and make off towards the market. Two of them evaded the officers after a chase but Parkinson was found under a stall clutching a large black bag containing around £9,000-worth of mobile phones.

Kirklees Magistrates’ Court was told there was also around £1,695-worth of damage caused.

The court heard how the three hooded figures ran off when they saw police arrive at the premises.

Using CCTV, the officers followed the suspects into the market; two emerged on the other side but the third remained inside.

After he was discovered, Parkinson fled but was apprehended a short distance away.

The manager of the shop had been alerted twice that night about the alarm going off.

He told police the intruders had entered the shop through the roof.

There was £1,020 worth of damage caused to the roof, £535 to cabinets inside the store and £140 to a door.

Parkinson admitted the offence but refused to name the other two people involved. Police still wish to trace them.

The court was told that Parkinson had stolen the phones to sell as he was homeless. Representing Parkinson, Shakeel Ahmed said that his client had learning difficulties and did not have anywhere permanent to live.

He is now living and working with family members.

Parkinson, of Arncliffe Road, Healey, was given a 12-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, and ordered to pay £200 compensation.

The Moneypenny’s store has since installed stronger security measures and staff have thanked police for their swift response.

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