The Coliseum Retail Park phone shop was raided by a thief who stole £66,000 worth of Apple devices

A man has been jailed after stealing £66,000 worth of Apple devices from a phone shop in the Coliseum Retail Park.

Grant Leigh, of Stamford Square in Ashton-Under-Lyne, broke into a unit next to the Phone Shop on Coliseum Way in Ellesmere Port.

The 30-something punched holes in the wall and stole devices such as iPads, iPhones and AirPods.

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Chester Crown Court heard how Leigh climbed through a hole in a wall to the phone shop storeroom.

It then raided the shelves of electronics which were worth around £66,163.38.

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

The Colosseum shopping park

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

Leigh then attempted to flee from officers by jumping out of a first floor window into the back garden, but was arrested at a nearby house.

He 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.”

He was sentenced to three years in prison today (February 1) at Chester Crown Court after pleading guilty to burglary.

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