Harrogate burglar jailed for two years after series of raids including at restaurant and hairdressers

A burglar and “persistent thief” has been jailed for two years for a series of raids while he was on a suspended sentence for breaking into Harrogate hair salons.
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Anthony Fraser, 38, targeted three premises including a bar and a restaurant in Harrogate town centre just three months after receiving a suspended prison sentence for raiding two hairdressers, York Crown Court heard.

Prosecutor Kelly Clarke said that on April 26 the “recidivist” burglar raided North Bar in Cheltenham Parade after using a crate to smash a glass door. He then stole £500 of items including £198 of alcohol.

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About a month later, he targeted a property under renovation at Princess Square after scaling the rear brick wall.

Anthony Fraser, 38, has been jailed after a series of raids across Harrogate including at a restaurant and hairdressersAnthony Fraser, 38, has been jailed after a series of raids across Harrogate including at a restaurant and hairdressers
Anthony Fraser, 38, has been jailed after a series of raids across Harrogate including at a restaurant and hairdressers

He tried to force the door open but was unsuccessful and ran off.

On August 7, he stole more than £500 from a safe at the Estabulo restaurant in Albert Street after breaking in through a rear fire door.

CCTV captured him looking around the office for a key to the safe before stealing the contents and riding off on a pushbike.

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Fraser, of Swan Road, Harrogate, admitted two counts of burglary and one of attempted burglary with intent to steal.

All three offences were in breach of his eight-month suspended prison sentence for three burglaries committed in January.

In those raids, Fraser stole thousands of pounds’ worth of products from the Hart & Hart hair salon and Nathan Cosgrove Barbers, both in Commercial Street, on the same weekend.

CCTV showed him smashing a window at Hart & Hart in the early hours of the morning, evidently with a brick.

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He then left but returned a few hours later and reached in through the smashed window to steal hair straighteners worth over £300.

He left the Nathan Cosgrove salon a “mess” after ransacking the place and stole about 30 items worth £6,851 and he also took the till.

The following day, police raided a “drug den” in Mayfield Grove, Harrogate, where they found Fraser and a suitcase containing a “large amount of barbering equipment”.

Fraser had over 30 previous convictions for 50 offences, the majority for theft and kindred, dating back more than 20 years.

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He appeared for sentence for the new offences via video link today (20 October) after being remanded in custody.

Defence barrister Danielle Gilmour conceded that Fraser, a drug addict, was an inveterate burglar who “goes around looking for (opportunities) to burgle”.

She said that Fraser, who had been living in a hostel in Harrogate after being spared prison in March, was addicted to the prescription drug Benzodiazepine.

Recorder Dafydd Enoch KC branded Fraser a “recidivist burglar” with an “appalling” record.

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“You have a very long history of burglary and other dishonesty offences,” added Mr Enoch.

“Most, if not all of it, is born out of a long-standing drug problem.”

He blasted Fraser for targeting yet more premises in Harrogate just three months after receiving the suspended sentence including a “small business” from which he stole £500 cash.

Fraser was jailed for two years of which he will serve half behind bars before being released on prison licence.