A man who burgled a Bulwell convenience store carrying a sledgehammer, leaving the business more than £7,000 out of pocket, has been jailed.
Delwyn McCaffery, 40, of Donbas Close, Bulwell, smashed the windows of the McColl’s Convenience store in Highbury Road with a long-handled sledgehammer just after midnight on 26 September 2019. He spent a few minutes inside before leaving with £3,700 worth of cigarettes.
Following the burglary, the store was left to repair the damage to window costing £1000, and £2,800 loss of trade, leaving McColl’s £7,500 out of pocket.
An investigation was launched by Nottinghamshire Police detectives, who identified McCaffery from CCTV footage. He was arrested at his home address shortly after the incident.
Officers searched the property, where they recovered the sledgehammer identified in the CCTV footage in the shed.
McCaffery was charged with serious aggravated burglary and was sentenced to two years imprisonment at Nottingham Crown Court. He was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £149.
Detective Constable Colin Kirkup from Nottinghamshire Police said: “Burglary is incredibly damaging to businesses, as it targets their property, inconveniences the business and its staff and leaves hard-working people out-of-pocket.
“Crimes targeting shops are far from being ‘victimless crimes’ and we must be clear that we will not tolerate this behaviour in our county. I am pleased McCaffery has been put behind bars and has been held accountable for his behaviour.”