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Cleaner stole from Norwich music centre

PUBLISHED: 08:00 21 February 2010 | UPDATED: 08:17 02 July 2010

A cleaner breached his position of trust and stole £600 and three video cameras from a popular Norwich music education venue, a court heard.

A cleaner breached his position of trust and stole £600 and three video cameras from a popular Norwich music education venue, a court heard.

Joaquim Penas, 37, was employed by a contractor to clean the Access to Music centre in King Street, which is a leading music training venue.

But Norwich Crown Court heard how after Penas finished his cleaning shift he returned to the centre and was caught on security camera climbing in through the roof and re-entering the building to steal.

Andrew Baxter, prosecuting, said that Penas de-activated the alarm system and stole £600 in cash and stole three small video cameras leaving the centre £1,140 out of pocket.

The court heard that Penas, who is Portuguese, had no previous convictions.

Penas, of Earlham Road, Norwich, admitted theft in July last year.

Recorder William Andrae-Jones imposed a 12 month community order and ordered Penas to do 200 hours unpaid work.

He told him: “This was in breach of trust towards your employer and that makes it very much more serious than otherwise it might be.”

Michael Clare, for Penas said: “He has let himself and his employers down and he is very sorry.”

He said that Penas had now found other work as a cleaner.

The Access to Music venue was opened by Charles Clarke MP in November 2006. Its facilities include five band rehearsal rooms, a recording studio, a post-production suite and two DJ rooms.

The centre has also hosted its own masterclass week featuring artists from bands such as Prodigy and is a premier music training venue in East Anglia.

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