Face-to-face with burglar who crashed through bakery roof
THE joint-owner of a Derby bakery has told of his shock after he discovered a burglar in his shop hiding behind a door, wielding a bottle.
Tony Jacobs, who owns Strand-based bakery, Baked, with wife Victoria, says the man had crashed through a glass roof above the building's kitchen.
Mr Jacobs said the man appeared to have tried to walk across the roof before finding it could not take his weight.
It smashed and he plunged about 20ft to the floor below, covering the floor with bloodied glass.
Mr Jacobs said he discovered the burglar, who appeared to be about 40, behind a door when he arrived for work on Wednesday at about 3.30am.
He said: "The police think he was going along the rooftop to get to another building.
"I got in and thought there was nothing unusual until I saw the glass.
"I wasn't thinking totally clearly so I went to call the police, not thinking there was no way for him to get out.
"I came back in and found him hidden behind a door with a bottle in his hand."
Mr Jacobs said he told the burglar he "didn't want a fight" and let him out of the building, telling him "get out".
He said: "Police were there in two minutes. They went out with dogs but they couldn't find him.
"But hopefully they will be able to get DNA from the blood on the glass."
Mr Jacobs said the early-morning incident had left him "shaken".
Mrs Jacobs said the man had taken the store's staff tips, an iPod and had also taken a packet of crisps and a bottle of pop.
A police spokeswoman said it was not yet clear whether the burglar had broken in accidentally or deliberately.
She said he was described as white, aged about 40, slim, wearing a blue anorak, blue jeans and with dark messy hair
She said: "The break-in happened between 3am and 3.30am.
"We are checking CCTV in the area and crime scene investigators have been to the bakery."