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Man jailed for two high value shop raids in Torrington

PUBLISHED: 13:52 11 January 2018 | UPDATED: 13:52 11 January 2018

Mark Church.

Mark Church.

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A 42-year-old man has been jailed after raiding two shops in Torrington and taking thousands-of-pounds-worth of goods.

A burglar has been jailed for carrying out high value raids on two shops in Torrington in the space of two days.

Mark Church, aged 42, targeted the Edinburgh Woolen Mill store at the Dartington Crystal complex and the Lloyds Pharmacy in the town.

He stole large amounts of clothing and DVDs in the first raid on October 20 and £6,000 of cosmetics and perfumes in the second, in which he smashed a glass display case.

Church, of Torrington, admitted two burglaries and was jailed for 12 months by Judge Geoffrey Mercer, QC, at Exeter Crown Court.

Caroline Bolt, prosecuting, said some of the stolen items were found when police raided at Church’s home but he had left and was arrested later in Slough.

She said he had previous convictions for robberies in Merseyside and had served sentences totalling 18 years in the past.

Barry White, defending, said Church has been recalled to complete his last sentence and hopes to address addiction and alcohol issues while serving his sentence.

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