A man has been given a suspended sentence after being charged at Southampton Crown Court with the burglary of Pampurred Pet in Salisbury.
Douglas Jaques was sentenced to six weeks imprisonment suspended for 24 months, ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work, pay compensation of £3,009.50 to the shop and pay a victim surcharge of £140.
Jaques broke into the shop overnight on 14 November, stealing approximately £3000 from the shop safe. His DNA was found on a chisel left at the scene, which led to his arrest.
During his trial at Southampton Crown Court, Jaques changed his plea after originally denying the offence he pleaded guilty.
The Salisbury burglary comes after similar incidents across the country as an Orpington pet shop warned of scammers.