A Colchester man who burgled a pharmacy before biting a passer-by who challenged him has been sent to prison.


Andrew Whitten, 32, of Queen Elizabeth Way, Colchester, received 16 months for burglary and 16 months concurrent for assault at Chelmsford Crown Court on Friday 27 September after previously admitting the offences.


At around 10.25pm on Sunday 17 March, Whitten broke into a pharmacy in East Hill by smashing a window.


As he tried to leave, he bit a man who confronted him before running off with boxes of medication.
Our officers were able to locate him and arrested Whitten inside a nearby property with the stolen items.


Investigating officer DC John Mason, of Colchester CID, said: “Whitten made no attempt to hide that he was breaking into the pharmacy.


“He smashed the building’s window, grabbed boxes of medication and then assaulted a man who had witnessed his actions and had attempted to stop him. I’d like to thank this man for his bravery.
“It didn’t take our officers long to locate Whitten and arrest him with the stolen property.


“He has since been sent to jail and we continue to attempt to take further action against him after we applied to make Whitten subject of a Criminal Behaviour Order. A decision is still due to be made through the courts on whether the order is successful.”


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