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Iceland burglar stole 40 blocks of cheese from city supermarket

An Acocks Green man has appeared in court after he burgled an Iceland supermarket for cheese and alcohol.

Michael McIntosh, of Oakhurst Road, entered the Warwick Road food store as a trespasser on October 30 of this year.

Once inside, the 30-year-old stole four boxes full of Cathedral City cheddar cheese – a total of 40 blocks – as well as 10 bottles of assorted spirits.

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The haul was worth an estimated £600.

After being arrested and charged, McIntosh initially denied burglary, but changed his plea to guilty when he appeared before magistrates via video link on Wednesday, December 1.

Following a case brought by West Midlands Police at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court, McIntosh was sentenced to 15 weeks in prison, suspended for a year.

He was ordered to pay £200 in compensation.

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It was noted in the court files that McIntosh had a record of previous convictions.

The “nature and seriousness” of the burglary were also taken into account during sentencing.

McIntosh must take part in rehabilitation activity up to a maximum of 25 days over the course of a 12-month period.

No order was made for costs as compensation took priority.

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