Bungling raider phoned for help

A BUNGLING Scarborough thief broke into a town restaurant – before phoning his ex-partner to ask how to open the till.

Adrian Leonard, 34, smashed his way into Cafe Fish, in York Place, but was thwarted after an anonymous tip-off alerted police.

Scarborough Magistrates’ Court heard Leonard, of Westwood, broke a window at the restaurant before helping himself to a glass of lager.

He then phoned his former partner for advice on accessing the till during the raid on March 9.

Leonard, who pleaded guilty to burglary, later admitted to police he knew the till would be empty.

Prosecuting, Katy Varlow said Leonard, a restaurant worker, had been out on the evening and was upset after spending all of his rent money.

She said: “Just after 6am the police received a call stating that Leonard had been in contact with his former partner who had previously worked at Cafe Fish asking how to get into the till.

“The police attended and it was discovered the front door had been damaged.

“There was a wine glass on the side which had some lager poured into it and a bottle of champagne had been moved from one room to another.”

Mitigating, Ian Brickman said Leonard had been “silly” and his actions were borne out of frustration at his previous loss of money.

He said: “This was somewhat out of character and a silly escapade.

“He had been working that evening and had then gone on to a pub before going to the casino.

“He had utilised money for payment of rent in the casino and was walking home.

“He sat on the steps of the restaurant and in frustration gesticulated backwards with his elbow unfortunately breaking a window.

“As a result of that, he decided to go in the premises but in fairness he can’t recall anything that went on inside.

“He accepts that he consumed a small amount of alcohol but cannot recall anything about the till.

“Nothing was taken, the till was not damaged and the premises were not ransacked.”

Magistrates handed Leonard a 12-month supervision order with a requirement for 100 hours unpaid work.

He was also made to pay £300 compensation towards repair costs for the damaged door.