Jail for man who burgled chemist store

A man who admitted breaking into the storeroom of a local pharmacy has been jailed for six months.

Robert Barry Crossan, of Hawthorn Way, pleaded guilty to burglary with intent to steal on August 18, last year.

The charges relates to an incident at Bradley’s Chemist on Northland Road.

The 37-year-old also admitted further charges of disorderly behaviour, assaulting and resisting police and causing criminal damage to an electronic tag.

Derry Magistrate’s Court heard that on August 12, police spoke to Crossan in the Queen’s Quay area because they were concerned about his safety.

He became verbally abusive and told officers to ‘f*** off’. He violently resisted arrest, attempted to headbutt an officer and kicked him on the leg.

Less than a week later, police went to Bradley’s Chemist after receiving a 999 call from the resident of a flat above the pharmacy.

Crossan and another man forced entry to the pharmacy’s storeroom and they were found lifting items from the shelves.

In October last year, Crossan was released on bail with a number of conditions, including wearing an elecronic tag.

He was reported missing by family on October 21 and he handed himself into police two days later. During interview, the 37-year-old told police he had been abducted by dissident republicans and they had cut off the electronic tag.

Defence solicitor Paddy McDaid said his client, a father of six, has a considerable record and a number of issues he needs to address. However, he said the last burglary offence was committed in 1996.

He added that Crossan is currently on remand for other offences and is likely to be there for ‘some time’.