Grantham court: Primary school raid foiled by workman

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A heroin user burgled a Grantham primary school and defrauded two newsagents out of more than £300.

Darren O’Mahoney, formerly of Grantham but now living with his mother in Laythorpe Avenue, Skegness, admitted burgling a shop in Market Deeping, the National School in Grantham and committing fraud by false representation at Michelson News and Cameron’s newsagents.

O’Mahoney committed the burglary at the National School on Friday, July 26.

Paul Wood, prosecuting, said: “A teacher had popped out for lunch between 11am and 12, leaving her bag with various possessions in it and also leaving a Hewlett Packard tablet and two Olympia cameras in a cabinet in the classroom.

“When she returned she saw her bag in the school hallway where it should not have been.

“She then saw the tablet where it should not have been and went into the classroom concerned someone had moved her bag.

“It was then she realised the cameras were missing from the cabinet.”

Fortunately, a workman working at the school recognised O’Mahoney leaving the premises and was able to identify him to the police.

Police found O’Mahoney’s fingerprints on the HP tablet.

Mr Wood added: “People who steal from premises like this abuse trust.”

O’Mahoney also admitted being part of a two-man distraction burglary at Cloud Nine in Market Deeping in which an accomplice stole £220 from a till.

In November of last year O’Mahoney also defrauded the two Grantham newsagents out of a total of £342 by paying for goods with cheques knowing his account was empty.

Rory Macmillan, defending, said O’Mahoney had previously been a heroin addict who “lapsed back to drugs” earlier this year.

The case was adjourned until November 11 for pre-sentence reports.

O’Mahoney, 30, was given bail on the conditions he does not enter Grantham unless to attend court, resides at the address in Skegness and attends appointments with Addaction.