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Man caught breaking into police station for second time

A man who broke into Totnes police station has admitted to a series of charges.

Russell O’Connor, 36, also known as Bunce went there on Friday December 21 demanding to see an officer.

After being told it wasn't possible at that time he broke in through another door - and later went back to rob it again but was arrested on scene.

A search of his caravan and possessions found radios, mobile phones, a police baton, incapacitant spray and the keys to a marked police car.

A force spokesperson said: "Russell O’Connor appeared at Exeter Crown Court where he pleaded guilty to charges of burglary, possession of offensive weapons and drug offences.

"In the early hours of Friday 21st December 2018, Bunce attended Totnes Police Station and used the wall phone to demand to see a police officer. 

"He was informed there was no officer immediately available. 

"Upon this, he gained entry to the police station via what was initially thought to be an insecure door. Inside, he helped himself to various items, including radios, mobile phones, a police baton, incapacitant spray among other things.

"He returned to his caravan but re-attended with the intention to steal further items. 

"He was then apprehended by night duty officers who had returned to the station. He was found wearing a hi-viz police coat still in possession handcuffs, spray and a baton and class B drugs.

"His caravan was searched and the remaining stolen property was recovered, including keys to a marked car.

"Further investigation found that the entry point had been subtly attacked, rendering the electronic locking system useless. 

"Drill bits were found broken in the lock which weren’t immediately obvious.

"He has been remanded in custody for a mental health assessment. 

"He also remains on court bail for assault police x 2 and a further assault by beating."

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