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A man who broke into a bar with the intention of burgling it ended up helping himself to large amounts of booze, which resulted in him passing out drunk.
Lee Roach, 46, broke into Harrison's Bar in Liverpool where he knocked back various spirits and ended up asleep behind the bar where he remained until a cleaner arrived the next day.
The cleaner called the police who arrived on scene to wake up Roach before being swiftly arrested, the Liverpool Echo reports.
A search of the would-be burglar revealed $10,000 in toy money stuffed down his trousers and he had stashed bottles of booze into his rucksack. He also had a parcel he had nicked from a block of flats, which contained a new wallet.
In what is surely one of the biggest understatements of the year, Liverpool Crown Court heard it 'was not the most sophisticated burglary'.
Mike Stephenson, prosecuting, told the court staff had entered the bar at 9.20 am on 16 August to find Roach 'lying among debris' behind the bar after smashing a window to gain entry.
He also caused damage to a drinks fridge, which was found upended.
Stephenson said: "The cleaning lady who encountered him retreated and locked the shutters again."
He went on to say the cleaner entering the property hadn't made any difference to Roach who was 'dead to the world'.
Roach, who admitted burglary and theft, has 90 previous convictions for 161 offences including 86 offences of theft and 20 burglaries.
He was on a suspended sentence at the time of the break-in, which he admits he breached with his actions.
Matthew O'Neill, defending, said his client was making 'great progress' with a Drug Rehabilitation Order and that he had pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity.
Recorder David Knifton, QC, said: "Mr Roach I have read the report, I have read your history of offending and it's a pretty sorry tale of a man who has been addicted to drugs for years.
"You did well and managed to complete successfully the Drug Rehabilitation Requirement which was provided to you.
"Unfortunately you then turned to drink instead and ended up being found in the bar of licenced premises so drunk they had to wake you up."
Roach was given a 15-month sentence.