Burglar busted as he hid in bushes after robbery

PUBLISHED: 12:33 30 March 2006 | UPDATED: 11:39 04 May 2010

BURGLAR Tommy Saunders uttered the words well done boys, you have got me, when he was found hiding in bushes. Saunders had stolen more than £1,000-worth of roof insulation from Jewsons at Ely because he wanted money to spend over Christmas, but activate

BURGLAR Tommy Saunders uttered the words "well done boys, you have got me," when he was found hiding in bushes.

Saunders had stolen more than £1,000-worth of roof insulation from Jewsons at Ely because he wanted money to spend over Christmas, but activated the alarm during the raid.

At Ely Magistrates' Court on Thursday, 21-year-old Saunders, of Manor Close, Witchford, changed his plea, and admitted burglary with intent to steal.

The security alarm had sounded at 6.30pm on November 19, and police found Saunders, who initially denied the burglary, in a nearby bush, said prosecutor Flynn Jennings. He had cuts to his arms and hands.

"But the nail in his coffin was the forensic report, DNA profiles were recovered that were a match for him," said Mr Jennings.

Solicitor James Yardy said Saunders had changed his plea at a late stage, realising the case could be proved beyond all reasonable doubt.

"He tried something very stupid, by attempting to take the insulation from Jewsons, it was fully recovered by police," he said.

"It was a one-off, it was approaching Christmas and he took the opportunity to get a better life for himself, and get money to spend over the Christmas period. He apologises to the court."

Saunders will lose his job as a night club doorman because of this conviction, he added. punch at Christopher Wing, hitting him in the face.

"She grabbed him on the shirt, he grabbed her wrist and pushed her away," prosecutor Delia Matthews told the court. "She walked back to her house, still shouting."

But in the witness box, 45-year-old Smith said she was physically unable to commit assault, she had nerve damage to her arms and legs, liver damage, arthritis, and was wheelchair bound.

She told the court she had got out of her wheelchair on November 4 last year, and had an argument with Mr Wing, but she denied punching him.

Presiding magistrate Hamish Ross said there were too many inconsistencies in the evidence to convict Smith.

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