A CASTLE Bromwich burglar has admitted breaking into a nearby resident’s garage to steal food from their freezer.
Police had received reports of an ongoing burglary in the back garden garage of a home in Springfield Road in the early hours of September 19, where a man was seen leaving the scene with a white plastic bag.
When they arrived, they found Shaun Peers, of Parkfield Drive, walking along the parallel West Avenue carrying the same bag.
Malcolm Stoddart, prosecuting at Solihull Magistrates Court, said: “This was a burglary from a garage. Frozen food and drinks were removed. A [police constable] approached the defendant who dropped the white bag and disappeared into a wooded area. Police dogs were then used to find the defendant.
“When he was arrested the defendant was found to have a knife in his packet and a screwdriver in his jeans.
“A pink handled claw hammer was also found in the area he was found.”
Officers discovered a number of frozen food and drinks in the plastic bag,
The court heard that Peers’ possession of the kitchen knife made the offence far more serious as, although no violence occurred, “anything could have happened” had the homeowner confronted the burglar.
But Sarah McCormack, defending, explained: “He had not gone out with the knife, he had picked that up from the garage.”
She added that her client had ongoing issues with drink and drugs for which he was currently receiving treatment.
“He had been drinking on the night this offence occurred.
“He is thoroughly ashamed and feels he has let himself down.”
The 37-year-old pleaded guilty to burglary and possession of a knife at Solihull Magistrates Court last week.
Mr Stoddart said that Peers had a “fairly lengthy record” but it all dated back to around nine years ago.
Peers was bailed to appear back at Solihull Magistrates on October 25 for pre-sentence reports to be prepared.