A personal trainer who was involved in a high-value break-in at a nutrition shop in Halifax has had his jail sentence suspended by a judge.
Bradford man Mohammed Hafeez had been employed by the owner of the Cre8 Nutrition, premises on Cow Green, but last July he was caught on CCTV footage helping a group of men to load valuable sports nutrition products and body-building supplements into a van.
The 22-year-old, who had no previous convictions, had used a set of keys given to him by the owner to get into the shop and it was estimated that stock worth around £13,000 had been stolen.
Bradford Crown Court heard that Hafeez, of Peregrine Way, initially told police that he had acted under duress, but later he claimed that he was owed some money by the owner and had only intended to steal some of the products.
Hafeez told officers that the other men had ended up taking more items and they had then made off with it all leaving him with nothing.
The defendant pleaded guilty to the burglary charge and his barrister Ken Green conceded that he had to take responsibility for what had been stolen.
Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC described it as a mean offence against Hafeez’s employer whatever the fall-out.
“You are very lucky I’m not going to lock you up,” the judge told Hafeez.
The judge said he had thought of jailing Hafeez for up to nine months, but his job prospects would be blighted and the shop owner would not have received any compensation.
“If you cross the line again then you will go down starting with eight months,” the judge warned him.
Judge Durham Hall suspended the eight-month jail term for two years and ordered Hafeez to do 200 hours unpaid work for the community.
Although Hafeez is currently unemployed Mr Green said he was optimistic about his prospects and could pay some compensation.
The judge said he would have to pay £1000 compensation to the shop owner at the rate of £20 per week.
“I don’t want to see you again,” the judge told Hafeez.
“If I do I might then have to lock you up which would be a great shame.”