‘Opportunistic’ Buxton burglar who was caught in garage avoids jail

High Peak Magistrates' Court
High Peak Magistrates' Court

A burglar from Buxton who broke into a garage in the early hours was caught after neighbours alerted police, a court heard.

High Peak Magistrates’ Court heard how police discovered Barrie Martin, 59, inside the premises at Mycock’s Yard, on Fairfield Road, Buxton, at about 1am on May 23.

“They saw someone with a flashlight and found this defendant inside the garage and saw that entry had been forced and this defendant was wearing some sort of netting over his face,” said Jennifer Fitzgerald, prosecuting.

The court heard how a crowbar was found outside the garage and another inside. Martin’s car was parked nearby and was found to have various tools in the boot as well as various types of gloves.

When searched, Martin had two torches, gloves and the green netting on him.

The court was told that during interview Martin said the tools were for his work as a mechanic.

Martin told the probation service his actions had been opportunistic and that he suffers from memory loss, so was unable to fully remember the full extent of his actions.

Kirsten Collings, defending, urged magistrates not to confiscate his car.

“What he tells me is that he had an aggressive back condition and goes to hospital regularly for pain management and often walks with a stick in order to manage that condition and the vehicle clearly helps,” she explained.

Martin, of Carlisle Road, was given a 12-week prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, and must complete a rehabilitation activity requirement.

He must pay £85 costs, a £115 surcharge and £30 compensation, and was deprived of his tools, crowbars, torches and gloves that were found in his possession.