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Burglar who broke into restaurant found passed out after helping himself to bar

A bungling burglar was nabbed after breaking into a bar and then falling asleep after helping himself to drinks from the bar.

Samuel Mulligan broke into Las Iguanas in Cardiff in the early hours of December 7 and was found fast asleep on a settee in the morning.

When the supervisor arrived at 8am, there were two tills open and Mulligan, 31, was lying face down on the settee, reports Wales Online.

The supervisor locked Mulligan inside and he was still passed out when the cops arrived.

He had been drinking bottles of spirits from behind the bar of the Latin American-themed restaurant.

Mulligan was jailed for 12 months at Newport Crown Court yesterday.

Prosecutor Laurence Jones told the court: "CCTV showed he had entered the restaurant at 3.15am, gone behind the bar, removed the tills and then gone to sleep in the premises. He had gained access via a fire door.

"He had worn a cap and hood, with gloves and a torch. When police attended he was arrested for burglary and the defendant replied 'OK'."

Mulligan, still tired, was interviewed by police from his bed in a cell. He admitted he had been on a shoplifting spree in Cardiff's John Lewis over the past couple of weeks.

He had stolen £80-worth of Tommy Hilfiger shirts on November 26, a £90 Tommy Hilfiger hoodie the next day, a £280 Calvin Klein coat on December 3 and a £200 North Face coat the day after that.

Mulligan, of Tresillian Terrace, Cardiff, had pleaded guilty to one count of burglary and three of theft at an earlier hearing.

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Peter Wormald, in mitigation, described the "repetitive tale" of Mulligan spending time in jail and being released homeless. Although he had been staying in a homeless hostel at night, he was "drifting around in the course of the day" and taking drugs.

"He accepts he moved the tills in Las Iguanas with the intention to smash them open but he didn't do this and there was no damage," Mr Wormald said.

Judge Richard Williams told Mulligan: "I accept that in your stupor you did not offer any resistance either to staff or police."

But he added: "You are a recidivist with a history of not complying with court orders. I consider the likelihood of reoffending high and prospects of rehabilitation low."

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