Two serial burglars hit a Co-op supermarket in a daring “Mission Impossible-style” raid, a court has heard.
Daniel Turner, 40, and Anthony Hopkins, 38, entered the store in Hedon, East Riding of Yorkshire, through an air vent in the early hours of July 16.
The drug-addicted raiders – with more than 300 convictions between them – broke into the shop at 2pm.
When the alarm went off, police rushed to the supermarket and, after spotting the damaged air vent, they found the burglars inside the store, Hull Live reports.
The men tried to leave via the fire doors but ran back inside when they saw the police, a court heard.
The court heard Turner had a bag full of cigarettes, and Hopkins ran upstairs to a storage unit but was arrested.
In court, Turner also admitted a separate burglary at a house in Hull on June 4.
The occupier said he heard his car door slamming shut and when he looked out of his bedroom window, he saw his Ford Focus being reversed into the street.
He said the keys to his partner’s car had been taken as well as three money boxes, containing £50 to £100.
At 11.35am, police in Arundel Close, Hull, saw the Focus, with a door open and Turner sitting sideways with his legs outside.
Turner – who had convictions for 232 previous offences – was arrested.
The house’s occupier later said: “This incident has made me wary and conscious of the safety of my house. I feel violated that my home has been broken into.”
The court heard Turner was an “extremely prolific offender” with mainly theft offences starting in 1993.
He also had violence and burglary convictions and had been jailed for burglary for spells of three years and seven months, one year, 10 months, nine months and 38 weeks.
Hopkins had convictions for 92 previous offences, including supplying Class A drugs, burglary, handling stolen goods and theft.
Richard Butters, prosecuting, said that if their convictions were all read out in full, it would “take the rest of the week”.
Cathy Kioko-Gilligan, mitigating, said that Turner had a long-standing drug addiction, which began after the deaths of his mother and aunt.
“He has used drugs as a coping mechanism,” she said.
“He is on a methadone prescription that is reducing all the time. If he doesn’t change, he will continue to serve longer and longer in prison.
“He wants a positive start and he is making great strides into that start.”
Mark Savage, representing Hopkins, said that there did not seem to be any damage caused during the store burglary and the stolen goods were recovered.
Hopkins was released from custody with no money and was left walking the streets.
Mr Savage said: “He is a regular visitor to these courts. He is well known to these courts and is no stranger to prison. It’s addiction that has continually brought him before these courts.”
Judge Sophie McKone told Turner: “You know what a mean offence burglary is. People are entitled to feel secure and safe in their own homes.”
She said of the Cooperative burglary: “You were caught in the process but you didn’t actually get away with anything.”
Turner was jailed for three years and seven months, while Hopkins was jailed for a year.
The sentence included a consecutive 12 weeks after Hopkins breached a 12-week suspended prison sentence imposed on February 8 for shoplifting.
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