Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Dozy Raider Fell Asleep on the Job

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Dozy Raider Fell Asleep on the Job

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Byline: By Gareth Deighan and Garry Willey

Dozy burglar Simon Colclough proved to be as thick as thieves.

After breaking into a house he decided to down a bottle of vodka he found - and promptly fell asleep.

His downfall came when he was sidetracked from his mission leading his defence barrister to brand him "one of the country's most incompetent burglars."

Ignoring the valuable television and electrical equipment he inside instead headed straight for the fridge.

Colclough helped himself to a half bottle of chilled vodka.

And after emptying the bottle, he dozed off on the sitting room floor, Newcastle Crown Court heard.

One of the students was stunned to find him out cold.

But she did not disturb Colclough and he was still blissfully sound asleep when police arrived to arrest him.

The court heard the 33-year-old from the Hawthorns, Newcastle, had already been drinking when he slipped into the house.

He admitted burglary and was remanded on conditional bail after sentence was adjourned for reports yesterday. …

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