Jacob Trussler, aged 32, of Surrey Road appeared at Reading Magistrates’ Court on Thursday (29/6) in connection with one count of burglary non-dwelling, four counts of criminal damage, two counts of assaulting police and one count of causing a public nuisance.
At 10pm on Monday 26 June, Trussler burgled a pub in Southampton Street. He was located by officers and upon attempts to arrest him, he fled to Kensington Road where he gained access to the roof of a property.
He then threw roof tiles, which caused injuries to the officers and damaged nearby vehicles.
The fire service attended and Trussler was safely removed from the roof at around 8am. He was arrested at the scene and taken to police custody where he was later charged on Wednesday (28/6). At Thursday’s court appearance, he pleaded guilty to the offences.
Investigating officer Detective Sergeant Stuart Streeter, from Reading Local Area CID, said: “Not only did Trussler burgle a pub, but he then went on to climb a roof in order to avoid arrest.
“This was an extremely dangerous action which meant that the road had to be closed for a significant period of time. By throwing tiles from the roof, he could have seriously injured himself, the public or emergency services personnel who were trying to do their jobs.
“Trussler has now been remanded in custody and will be sentenced at Reading Crown Court at a date to be confirmed.”