Police find burglar sleeping at crime scene next to half-eaten cheesecake

Police who were called to a break-in at a bar and restaurant found the burglar asleep at the scene – next to a half-eaten cheesecake.

Mark Cooper had to be roused by the arresting officers who arrived at the scene – just four minutes after they were alerted to the raid at 808 Bar & Kitchen in Sunderland.

He was lying on the floor next to the half-eaten dessert.

Video from a Northumbria officer’s body-worn camera showed him looking bewildered on Saturday morning and shouting “whoa, whoa, whoa” to the police, one of whom told him to “wake up”.

When Cooper appeared to ask what was happening, he was told: “You broke into a bar, man.”

The 41-year-old of Victoria Place, Sunderland, was handcuffed and taken into custody and on Monday was jailed for 26 weeks after admitting the burglary.

Detective Constable Catherine Gibson said: “This burglary clearly proved to be tiring work for Cooper, and it’s safe to say he was brought back to the real world with a bump when awoken by our officers.”

Raiders had broken into the empty till and stolen food and alcohol.

Officers are continuing to investigate others thought to have been involved in the burglary.

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