Burglar smashed Cardiff Vivienne Westwood shop front and grabbed £2,000 worth of luxury handbags – Wales Online
A “cack-handed” burglar smashed his way into the Vivienne Westwood store in Cardiff, grabbed £2,000 worth of handbags and tried to escape on a bicycle.
Simon Morrisey, who had 124 previous offences on his lengthy criminal record, hurled a stone at the large city centre shop window before throwing himself inside and grabbing the items.
Speaking at Cardiff Crown Court , Judge Neil Bidder QC asked his counsel: “When will he ever learn? Why does he keep doing this?”
The court heard the burglary happened at around 5am on July 5 at the Vivienne Westwood store on The Hayes in Cardiff.
Melissa Jones, prosecuting, said a security camera operative saw someone smashing the window and alerted the police.
The court heard Morrisey used an ornamental stone from nearby to launch at the shop front and items were damaged by the shattered glass.
He was caught on CCTV running out of the shop with a number of luxury handbags and trying to escape on a bike.
Prosecutors said he dropped four handbags, worth £500 each, as he tried to get away, but he was caught and arrested.
Ms Jones told the court the defendant had 124 previous offences on his record, including a large number of commercial burglaries, and he was on licence at the time of the new offence.
Asking the prosecutor about aggravating features, the judge said: “He obviously plans it – just not very well.”
Morrisey, 43, from Lawrenny Avenue in Canton , admitted burglary.
Peter Wormald, defending, said his client was walking with his partner in Grangetown last summer, when he was stabbed repeatedly by her ex.
The court heard he was seriously injured and medicated for post-traumatic stress disorder.
Mr Wormald said Morrisey did not usually drink much, but was out with friends on the night of the burglary and thought the alcohol reacted badly with his strong medication.
He described the offending as “cack-handed” and the judge agreed it was “fairly unsophisticated” and appeared to have happened on the “spur of the moment”.
In his sentencing remarks, Judge Bidder told the defendant: “You have got a dreadful record for commercial burglary. A really awful record.”
He added: “At 43, this is not a great career.”
Morrisey was jailed for eight months and must serve half in prison before he can be released on licence. He must also pay a victim surcharge.