Man Carried Out Smash and Grab At The Jewellers and Then Went To the Pub

A SMASH and grab raid on an Ely jeweller s shop was carried out by binge drinker Stephen Neal after he consumed 10 pints of lager. Neal got away with around �400-worth of lockets and pendants, and caused more than �3,000-worth of damage to a window. Neal

A SMASH and grab raid on an Ely jeweller's shop was carried out by binge drinker Stephen Neal after he consumed 10 pints of lager.

Neal got away with around �400-worth of lockets and pendants, and caused more than �3,000-worth of damage to a window.

Neal used a red box to smash Fisher's window, he hid the stolen jewellery in a rucksack, and then walked to a nearby pub.

But three passers-by had seen Neal as he grabbed the jewellery from the Buttermarket premises, city magistrates heard on Thursday, and he was soon arrested.


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Neal, 22, of High Barns, Ely, admitted committing the burglary on March 6. He was ordered to complete 100 hours of unpaid work, and pay �500 compensation and �35 costs.

Prosecuting, Mika Pine said Neal "grabbed what he could reach" from the shop window before going to the Royal Standard pub. The jewellery was worth �401.50.

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"This was not a sophisticated offence, he was heavily intoxicated," said solicitor Nick Barnes. "He did the smash-and-grab, and then went to the pub. Items were found in his rucksack; he co-operated with the police, and expressed remorse."

The self employed roofer had drunk the equivalent of 10 pints of lager before the burglary. Mr Barnes added: "He does not have a problem with alcohol; it was a one off incident after binge drinking.

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