Plymouth dad jailed for breaking into pasty shop and pub
A FATHER of four who broke into a pub and a pasty shop after a boozy night out has been jailed for almost four months.
Simon Harrison told police he was too drunk to remember why he climbed on to the roof and tried to burgle the branch of Ivor Dewdney, a court heard.
Plymouth Magistrates' Court heard how the 31-year-old already had similar convictions.
Following the incident at the Ivor Dewdney store in city centre Cornwall Street, Harrison smashed his way into The Office pub.
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He told police he was trying to retrieve his mobile phone.
Plymouth magistrates sent Harrison, who has similar previous convictions, to jail for 16 weeks. He is likely to serve half that time.
Harrison, of Sydney Street, Stonehouse, admitted attempting to enter the city centre pasty shop as a trespasser with intent to steal between August 15 and August 17.
He also pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage to a window and an internal store room handle at the pub in High Street, Stonehouse, on November 10.
Gareth Warden, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said staff at Ivor Dewdney arrived at work to find someone had smashed a hole in a glass doorway on the third floor in Cornwall Street on August 16.
He added a breeze block had apparently been used to break the glass and force open some metal bars.
Mr Warden said blood was found on the door handle which was matched through DNA to Harrison.
He added: "The defendant was interviewed and said he had been out and had been drinking.
"He said he could not remember the specifics but accepted the only reason to be on the roof was to break in."
Mr Warden said damage was caused to the window and the door at The Office in the early hours.
He added Harrison was caught on CCTV.
Mr Warden said the defendant told police he was a regular there and had broken into the pub to retrieve a phone he had left behind the previous night.
Roger Page, for Harrison, said he had started drinking heavily following a family break-up which left him unable to see his four children.
He added he would lose his home if he was jailed.
Magistrates also ordered Harrison to pay Ivor Dewdney £350 and The Office £150 in compensation on his release.