Burglar who stole �880 of champagne jailed

A BURGLAR who stole �880 of premium champagne was traced after leaving fingerprints at the scene of the crime.

Callum Sansom, 21, stole eight cases of Bollinger champagne from Thomas Peatling fine wines in Westgate Street, Bury St Edmunds.

Sansom, of River Close, Pakenham, also stole bottles of Laurent Perrier Rose champagne during the raid at the store on September 20.

But Sansom was disturbed during the burglary and left several bottles at the scene, which were later found to have his fingerprints on them.

Sansom admitted the offence at Bury Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, as well as a burglary at Cutting Edge hair salon in Out Westgate, Bury, in April in which he stole a till containing �60.


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The till was later found abandoned on a nearby footpath along with cheques which had been inside it and a pair of specialist hairdressing scissors.

Forensic investigators matched traces of blood found on the till to Sansom.

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He also admitted assaulting a police constable during his arrest on December 5 after officers surrounded his house. Sansom escaped after jumping 12ft from an upstairs window and ran off across neighbouring gardens and fences.

He was later found hiding inside a wheeled bin after the police helicopter was launched to search for him.

Declan Gallagher, for Sansom, said his client came from a dysfunctional family and had suffered a difficult year after the death of his mother.

He added Sansom was also recovering well from a drug problem and had a steady girlfriend for the past 18 months.

He said: “There was nothing professional about it because he left blood on the till.”

Sansom was jailed for 30 days for each burglary to run concurrently, as well as an extra 14 days for failing to surrender to bail, also concurrent.

This was added to an existing 120-day suspended sentence for a previous offence, which was activated by Hugh Davies, the presiding magistrate. “We consider these matters so serious that only custody is justified,” Mr Davies said.

jo.thewlis@eadt.co.uk

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