A TOURIST was "in the wrong place at the wrong time" when he decided to break into a St Just business and steal £15,000 worth of money and cigarettes, a court has heard.
At Truro Crown Court on Friday, Paul Gillyon, 44, escaped a jail term for the burglary at St Just Newscentre in the early hours of September 29 last year, despite having a previous conviction for the same offence.
Elaine Hobson, for the prosecution, said police were called at about 4.30am after a witness reported two males acting suspiciously.
Officers found that there had been a burglary at the Newscentre, on Bank Square, and the raiders had got away with cash, cigarettes and charity boxes valued at £15,000.
Ms Hobson said: "Police were led to Mr Gillyon. He admitted these offences but he was adamant he committed the burglary on his own."
Ms Hobson said that some of the property was recovered but that it was the prosecution's case that Gillyon had an accomplice on the raid.
She added that Gillyon was, at the time of the offence, subject to an 18-month conditional discharge for being drunk and disorderly.
Curtis Lewis, for the defence, said Gillyon was on holiday at the time of the break-in.
He said: "He would say that he did not know what was going on and he went along with his mate, who seemed to know what he was doing. But, as far as Mr Gillyon was concerned, he was in the wrong place at the wrong time."
Gillyon, of Northway, Goole, North Humberside, was sentenced to 12 months in prison, suspended for two years, and ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work.
He was also put under the supervision of the probation service for six months and told to pay £200 towards the cost of the prosecution, plus £50 compensation and a £100 victim surcharge.