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Ellesmere Port phone shop burglar who stole £66,000 worth of tech jailed

A BURGLAR who stole £66,000 worth of iPhones, iPads and AirPods from a phone shop in the Coliseum Shopping Park, Ellesmere Port, has been jailed for three years.

Grant Leigh, 30, of Stamford Square, Ashton-Under-Lyne, was sentenced on Tuesday February 1 at Chester Crown Court after pleading guilty to burglary.

The court heard that on October 2, 2021, Leigh broke into the unit next to the phone shop on Coliseum Way and punched holes in the wall.

The 30-year-old then returned on October 3 and made his way through a hole in a wall to the Phone Shop stash.

The Coliseum Shopping Park, Ellesmere Port. Photo: Google.

He managed to enter the storeroom and grab items such as iPhones, iPads, AirPods and other electronics valued at around £66,163.38 from the shelves.

Forensic work revealed that blood left at the scene was a direct DNA match for Leigh.

On October 20, 2021, officers, backed by Greater Manchester Police, issued a warrant at an address in Hyde.

He attempted to flee from officers by jumping out of a first floor window into the back garden. He was arrested in a nearby house.

Leigh was charged with burglary and taken into custody.

Constable Lee Ashbrook, of the Ellesmere Port Proactive Team, said: ‘Leigh thought his plan was flawless and meticulously planned his crime with the aim of taking thousands of pounds worth of items.

“He did everything he could to escape justice – he didn’t know he left DNA at the scene and was spotted by CCTV cameras.

“Thanks to the evidence we were able to gather against him, he had no choice but to plead guilty to the charges against him and now faces the consequences of his actions behind bars.”