A hungry burglar was caught on camera bringing the ceiling down as he tried to escape from a pizza shop, a court heard today.
Confused heroin and crack addict Mark Powell, 32, got into the takeaway in Stockton, Teesside, in May, and caused £3,000 damage trying to get out again.
His hopeless escapade was caught on CCTV and police swiftly recognised the prolific thief and arrested him soon after, Teesside Crown Court heard.
Recorder James Goss declined to watch the CCTV evidence, but appeared to smile as he looked at still photographs of Powell's intoxicated attempt to climb onto the counter and up through the hole in the ceiling.
Stephen Constantine, defending, said: "This is one of those cases where seeing is not necessarily believing the ineptitude of what went on that particular night."
Powell, a father of two children, with two step-children and a baby on the way, brok
Tags: £3, 000 damage, burglar, thief, theft, drug addict, caught, intoxication, steal, cam, tape, cctv, cops, police, sentence, court, security, surveillance, destroy, ceiling, pizza shop
Location: Stockton, Warwickshire, United Kingdom (UK/GB) (load item map)
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