Two jailed over Co-Op break-ins

Craig Back, one of two men jailed over break-ins at Co-Op stores in Bucks and Herts
Craig Back, one of two men jailed over break-ins at Co-Op stores in Bucks and Herts

A pair of burglars have been jailed after breaking into two Co-Op stores.

Mark Derriman, aged 35, of no fixed address and Craig Back, also 35, from Lowestoft Drive, Slough, were jailed over the incidents in February.

The pair pleaded guilty to burgling the Co-Op store in Great Missenden and attempting to burgle a Co-Op in Silk Mill Way, Tring.

Derriman was jailed for two years for the Great Missenden burglary and two years for the Tring offence and Back was jailed for 20 months for the Great Missenden burglary and 20 months for the Tring offence.

Both men will serve their sentences concurrently.

At 2.13am on Thursday February 20, the pair attempted to break into the Co-Op in Tring.

They were seen unsuccessfully trying to force open the metal shutters at the front of the shop.

Two minutes later, the pair were spotted driving away at speed by police.

A registration plate as well as a description of the vehicle was captured.

At 3.12am the same morning, the pair broke into the Co-op store in Great Missenden by smashing a glass panel.

A large amount of cigarettes were stolen.

At 3.30am, the car in which Derriman and Back were travelling in was stopped by police and they were subsequently arrested. Officers also recovered the stolen cigarettes.

Det Con Austin Parry, the investigating officer, said: “The evidence against these two individuals was overwhelming so I am pleased that they pleaded guilty.

“They were clearly on a mission to burgle Co-Op stores that evening.

“However, they were swiftly arrested by police following the second incident.”