Anorak | Victim hired burglar to repair wall he’d broken in through

Victim hired burglar to repair wall he’d broken in through

by | 4th, January 2012

MICHAEL Patterson, 43, used his expertise as a brick layer to remove bricks from shop walls and crawl through the gap to commit burglary. When Patterson hit the Nina Store on Stockport Road, Levenshulme, he nicked cash and a laptop. He then came back and offered store owner Ezekiel Sagary, 71, the option of repairing the wall.

Mr Sagary accepted. He paid Patterson £35 to repair the hole. How good a job did Patterson do? Not very. He crawled through the weakened gap a further three times, on each occasion stealing more from Mr Sagary before replacing the bricks.

At Manchester Crown Court, Patterson, of Hyde Road, Gorton, was jailed for 32 months after pleading guilty to six counts of burglary, carried out in July and August 2011.

Says Mr Sagary:

“He obviously did a bad patch-up job on purpose so he could come back again and again. He offered to fix the wall again after the second time and when I said I couldn’t afford it he lost his temper and warned me the shop would be burgled again. When I was coming in in the morning I would try the door handle and when it didn’t push down I knew it had happened again. I was living in constant fear for both my safety and my livelihood.”

He was…bricking it…

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