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Thief forced to surrender after large police presence at burglary scene

A burglar who broke into a sports shop and stole footwear and sports clothing was caught red-handed by police.

Owners of the store in the Arnold Business Centre informed Nottinghamshire Police that they had been notified of a break-in through their security system.

Numerous police units travelled to the location, including dog officers, shortly after receiving the report at around 2.50pm on 6 April 2021.

A van was located at the scene and the occupant, Liam Butler, initially told officers to: “Get back!” before surrendering himself.

The 38-year-old, of Codrington gardens, Bestwood was arrested and charged with burglary.

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He pleaded guilty on 6 May 2021 and was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment suspended for two years at Nottingham Crown Court on Wednesday 12 May 2021.

Detective Constable Chris Black said: “It’s absolutely despicable to target a local business in this way and it’s beyond belief that Butler thought he could get away with it when he’d been captured on CCTV and other devices.

“We’re glad that all of the stolen items were recovered and swiftly returned to the owners so they didn’t suffer any financial loss.

“This case highlights the importance of having a good security system in place which enabled us to act quickly, arrest the offender at the scene and gain all the evidence required to bring Butler before the courts.”

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