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Burglar stole from antique shop

PUBLISHED: 16:52 26 February 2002 | UPDATED: 11:26 03 March 2010

A BURGLAR who stole jewellery from a Suffolk antique shop leaving the owner £38,000 out of pocket has been jailed for five years.

Dale Maddison, 36, broke into Farleigh House Antiques in Southwold with an accomplice and was paid with one ounce of heroin, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

A BURGLAR who stole jewellery from a Suffolk antique shop leaving the owner £38,000 out of pocket has been jailed for five years.

Dale Maddison, 36, broke into Farleigh House Antiques in Southwold with an accomplice and was paid with one ounce of heroin, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

During the burglary a security grille over the jewellery was levered opened and a display cabinet containing the jewellery was ransacked, said Peter Fenn, prosecuting.

The owner of the jewellery, who had left it there on a sale or return basis, had been left out of pocket after his insurance company declined to pay out.

On another occasion, Maddison had gone to the Beccles branch of Safeway to steal alcohol and had left a store employee unconscious in the car park after hitting him with his car as he made his escape.

Mr Fenn said Gary Francis was struck by the departing vehicle and was flipped up in the air and landed unconscious.

Maddison, of Trafalgar Road, Great Yarmouth admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm on Mr Francis, theft, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance. He was also committed to the Crown Court for sentence for the burglary at Southwold.

He was jailed for a total of five years.

Noel Casey, for Maddison, said his client panicked in the Safeway car park and had been trying to get away when Mr Francis was injured. He added that Maddison's problems stemmed from his abuse of drugs.

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