Wellingborough sports shop burglar jailed after £10,000 raid

Northampton Crown Court was told last Friday how David McNeil resisted arrest, causing minor injuries to two female officers
Northampton Crown Court was told last Friday how David McNeil resisted arrest, causing minor injuries to two female officers

A burglar who was part of a gang which stole more than £10,000 from a Wellingborough sports shop has been jailed for 22 months.

David McNeil, 33, from Crabtree Close in Wellingborough, bragged to officers that they would not find his DNA at the scene of the crime – Essential Sports in Wellingborough – which was burgled in May this year.

However, McNeil was caught out when traces of his blood were found next to a window which had been broken.

McNeil was arrested in August this year after being traced to the home of one of his friends.

Officers had already raided McNeil’s home and found clothes and trainers stolen from Essential Sports.

Northampton Crown Court was told last Friday how McNeil resisted arrest, causing minor injuries to two female officers.

He was eventually subdued with pepper spray, but continued to struggle.

In court, McNeil claimed he had fought the officers because they had handcuffed him behind his back, aggravating a shoulder injury he had suffered in the past.

The court was told how McNeil was part of a gang which had targeted Essential Sports.

The burglars broke into the building through a first floor window before making off with thousands of pounds worth of stock.

The court was told that McNeil had nine previous convictions for 17 offences.

These ranged from a previous burglary to assault, wounding, causing actual bodily harm and previous offences of resisting arrest.

Jailing McNeil, who had pleaded guilty to non-domestic burglary, assaulting two police officers, resisting arrest and possession of cannabis at an earlier hearing, Judge Michael Fowler said: “There is nothing I can say which will touch you – you will find a way of excusing your behaviour to yourself, whatever right-minded people will think.

“You were given a community order for a previous burglary which does not seem to have had any effect on you whatsoever.

“This was a planned, night-time burglary carried out by you with others.”