A man from Arnold was sentenced to five months in prison after police found out he had broken into a city center movie theater.

Newark neighborhood officials were told that the back door of the cinema on London Road was open at around 4:35 p.m. on Sunday, March 21st.

The investigation revealed that someone had gained entry by opening the rear fire door and then stealing a lot of carbonated drinks. They had also tried to manipulate the empty till.

Shane Barthorpe, 33, of Kingswell Avenue, was identified through CCTV investigations.

PICTURE: Odeon Cinema on London Road in Newark (PHOTO: Google)

He was arrested two days later and found guilty of burglary in Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday March 24th before being sentenced to 20 weeks in prison.

Newark Beat Manager, Constable Robert Nelson, said, “We are actively patrolling our city centers and have taken many measures to protect our business, many of which have long been closed due to the pandemic.

“This break-in was committed in one of the places we were doing more patrols under the Newark Safer Streets Fund.

“Barthorpe was quickly brought to justice for his crimes, and we work hard to get that done when a crime has been committed.

“We take all break-ins seriously and work around the clock to find out who is responsible.

“We will continue our activities to combat crime in the city center and welcome any information from our members of the public, if they see anything suspicious at all.”