Burglar killed in Corby after falling through roof of garden machinery shop

The man fell on to a piece of equipment and was found dead this morning

Friday, 20th November 2020, 12:56 pm
The incident occurred overnight at this garden machinery outlet in Corby

A would-be-burglar has died after falling through the roof of a garden machinery shop in Corby.

The owner of Corby Garden Machinery in St James’s Road arrived at work this morning (Friday, November 20) to find the dead man on a piece of machinery inside the premises.

It is believed he was trying to break into the building when he fell through the roof. His fall was so rapid that it did not trigger alarms in the building and his death was only discovered when owner Jamie Sharman, of Ringstead, arrived at work at 7.30am.

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Police are still on the scene after the owner found the mans body at 7.30am today

Jamie, who has been left shaken by the incident said: “I came in through the side entrance and saw him lying on a piece of machinery.

”I phoned the police straight away and the ambulance came. He had been dead for some time. It was a sad sight.

”We are regularly targeted here. They want hand tools that they can transport easily and sell on. We’ve made it as difficult as possible for them with good security but we are still getting burglars trying to get in.”

A nearby business owners said: “We are getting targeted all the time. They go up on the roof to see how long it takes the alarm to be triggered and then they come back.

A recovery truck is removing a vehicle from the scene in St Jamess Road

”It’s like a jewellery shop for them.”

A black Ford Mondeo found at the scene is being examined by officers.

A Northamptonshire Police spokeswoman said: “Police officers were called to a commercial premises in St James Road, Corby, at 7.40am this morning (Friday, November 20) to reports of the sudden death of a man.

“We are currently progressing enquiries to establish what exactly happened and to ascertain whether any offences have been committed in connection with his death.”