A burglar caused £1,200 of damage to a bakers’ shop when he fell through the roof.
South Shields man Kieron Flynn, 25, targeted Greggs in Chester Road, Sunderland, in the early hours, South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court heard.
Paul Anderson, prosecuting, said: “The shop’s alarm is monitored by a security company and their control room operator was alerted to activity with in the premises at about 2.15am. He alerted the police.
“Officers arrived to find Flynn nearby pushing a wheelie bin. In the bin were two till drawers which had been taken in the burglary.”
The court heard staff later found damage in a stock room, and a water pipe which was running.
Flynn, 25, of Westoe Road, South Shields, admitted burglary on July 12. He has 51 previous convictions.
Angus Westgarth, defending, said: “Mr Flynn was induced to commit this offence by pressure applied by others.
“He does not answer for criminal damage, and any damage to the premises was not deliberate. It was caused when he fell through the roof.
“His offending has diminished in recent years, and this offence was committed out of fear from the threats he received.”
Flynn was sentenced to a community order of 18 months, including 25 rehabilitation activity days, and 160 hours of unpaid work.
He was ordered to pay £330 in costs and compensation.