A HAPLESS burglar was snared after he carried out a shop raid and was hit by car as he made his getaway on a bike.
Kevin Brown was arrested in hospital after police tracked him down through CCTV footage at Wright Bite cafe, in Hartlepool’s Rossmere Park.
Shop owner Pam Wright opened up her shop during the raid before the startled thief jumped out of a serving hatch and made off on his bike carrying the till, which contained a £50 float, and a bag of food he had taken from cupboards.
But just minutes after making his escape, and dropping the till, Brown was hit by a car in Stockton Road and ended up being taken to the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, for treatment.
Police were called to the cafe, and after studying CCTV footage and identifying the known offender they had the simple task of heading to the hospital to arrest him.
Pam, 44, said: “I arrived at 7am as I normally do and he was in the kitchen area at the back.
“I didn’t see him, but I obviously disturbed him. He had broken in through the side hatch.
“When I opened the door, the place was a complete mess, it had been ransacked and there was food lying all over and all of the drawers and cupboards had been rifled through.”
Mum-of-four Pam, who opened the cafe in April and runs it with family members, said Brown had even lined up cakes on the window ledge to make off with before he was rumbled.
Pam, who lives in nearby Brierton Lane, added: “The police were brilliant, and as soon as they looked at the CCTV they knew who he was.
“They made a couple of calls and found out he had been knocked off his bike and was in North Tees.
“I’d like to offer a free breakfast to whoever it was that hit him!
“Being serious though, it could have been much worse and I’m just pleased I didn’t actually confront him in the cafe as goodness knows what could have happened.
“There was only a few seconds between me going in and him jumping out of the window.
“I didn’t realise how close I was until I watched the CCTV footage and saw the crowbars and things lying on the grass outside.”
Pam’s till was found in a park, and the majority of her money was recovered after he dropped it.
Brown, 36, of no fixed address. pleaded guilty to burglary when he appeared at Teesside Magistrates on Saturday morning.
He was bailed pending the preparation of pre-sentence reports and will be back in court on August 4 to learn his fate.