Burglar claimed he was 'chillaxing' on the roof of Launceston cash and carry
A THIEF told police he was not breaking into a Launceston cash and carry claiming instead that he had been “chillaxing” on the roof – in the rain.
David Rousen, 25, initially denied the burglary at Martins Cash and Carry but changed his plea to guilty on the morning his trial was due to start at Truro Crown Court on Wednesday.
Joss Ticehurst, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said Rousen, along with three others, broke into the family-run business on October 4, last year, by making a hole in the roof.
Once they gained entry, the thieves took cigarettes and tobacco, stuffing the loot into bin bags they had brought with them.
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Breaking the roof caused the store’s alarm to go off and when the owner and police arrived on scene one of the burglars was still on site.
Police found the other three, including Rousen, of Western Road, Launceston, a short while later on a slip road to the A30 and arrested them.
Mr Ticehurst said: “In interview [Rousen said] he simply followed the others into the perimeter of the property and on to the roof.
“He had gone onto the roof of the premises to chillax.
“He said he had nothing to do with the burglary.”
Mr Ticehurst said the claim seemed unlikely given that the was “clear evidence that it was a rainy night”.
Ramsay Quaife, defending said Rousen was hoping to get a job soon and had an interview to be a baker at Tesco.
Sentencing, Judge Christopher Harvey Clark, QC, said Rousen had been sensible to change is plea.
“To put it bluntly you defence was hopeless,” he said. “It was a stupid thing to do.”
Rousen was given a 12-month community order and told to carry out 150 hours unpaid work.
He was also ordered to pay £200 compensation and a victim surcharge of £60.
Rousen’s three co-defendants all pleaded guilty to burglary at an earlier stage and were dealt with separately.