'Appalling' burglar broke into Worksop funeral home and swiped charity cash
An ‘appalling’ burglar has been slapped with a jail sentence after he broke into a Worksop funeral home and made off with cash from charity boxes.
A member of staff arrived at the Co-op Funeral Services in Gateford Road to find a large hole in the glass to the front door and saw a charity bucket lying on the floor.
Two charity boxes - one for Rotherham Hospice and the other for mental health charity Mind - had been taken. Both were believed to contain small quantities of cash. A charity bucket for Mind was also on the floor.
The bucket was forensically examined and a fingerprint belonging to 33-year-old Graham Gallon, formerly of Carrington Terrace, Rotherham, was found.
Following enquiries Gallon was arrested and charged in connection with the burglary, which happened overnight on February 18.
Yesterday (Monday, March 8) Gallon was jailed for 26 weeks and ordered to pay £350 compensation after he pleaded guilty to burglary and was sentenced at Nottingham Magistrates' Court.
Inspector Neil Bellamy, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: "The fact that Gallon carried out this burglary while there were people awaiting their burial is appalling.
"Gallon was arrested thanks to an excellent spot and good swift work by officers from the Worksop Operation Reacher Team and I am pleased that he's now safely behind bars where he has time to reflect on his despicable actions.
"I'd also like to reassure people that Nottinghamshire Police treats burglary very seriously and will investigate reports and work tirelessly to bring offenders to justice."