Mark Mills, 42, has been caught with an ax in his hand after attempting to hammer his way into a Louis Vuitton display at a Selfridges store in Manchester city centre
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A bumbling drunk caused more than £20,000 worth of damage at Selfridges after attempting to break into a Louis Vuitton exhibition.
Mark Mills, 42, attempted to smash through the windows of the world-famous department store in Manchester city center with an axe.
But the would-be thief was caught by the police shortly after his botched operation and got nothing.
Mills reportedly hatched the plan in hopes of stealing expensive handbags and shoes to fund his drinking problem Manchester evening news.
At the time, he drank up to nine liters of cider a day, but has since been released from prison after vowing to fight his alcoholism.
Manchester Crown Court heard that Mills and another unidentified man attempted to break a window of the store around 3.30am on March 13.
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When the police arrived, they tried to break into the Louis Vuitton exhibit with Mills wielding the axe.
Officers also saw him throw away a large kitchen knife, prosecutor Simon Barrett said.
The pair had managed to make a hole in the window and the knife had been used to make it bigger so they could reach through.
Two pairs of trainers, valued at £875 each, were damaged during the burglary, while the window was damaged at a cost of £20,000.
Mills told police he found the ax “at the end of a canal.”
Thomas McKail, defending himself, said Mills had his first alcoholic drink at the tender age of 13 and had suffered from alcoholism since his 20s.
It was said that he would drink when he was in a bad mood and had emotional problems.
Mills resumed drinking after a period of abstinence after the death of his grandmother, McKail said.
The lawyer appealed to stop him from spending more time in prison after he has been in custody since the incident.
He argued that Mills has solved his drinking problem in the past and is now motivated to try again.
In sentencing, Judge Timothy Smith said, “The loss to Selfridges was significant even for a business of its size and profitability.”
But he said the plan was “almost doomed”.
Mr Smith said he was pleased with Mills’ motivation to change and sentenced him to 14 months in prison suspended for two years.
He was also given a six-month alcohol treatment program, 175 hours of unpaid work, and 20 required rehabilitation days.
Mills, of Kirkwood Drive, Collyhurst, pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary and possession of bladed objects.
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