A BURGLAR on a suspended sentence for a spate of car break-ins has been jailed after being caught on camera while targeting a pub.
Wyre Magistrates’ Court heard how 34-year-old Jamie Collinson broke in to the Gas Workers Club, Preston Street, Fleetwood, on June 13 and stole a bottle of vodka and around £500 cash.
As he went to leave the premises he noticed the pub’s CCTV system and set about trying to destroy a camera. However, he triggered an alarm and was forced to flee.
Officers viewed the footage and immediately recognised Collinson, of Warrenhurst Road, and he was arrested.
The court heard how Collinson was already on a 12-week suspended sentence. In April he had broken in to a garage and 16 cars in the Warren Avenue and Devon Avenue area of the town, causing more than £3,000 worth of damage.
Magistrates invoked the suspended sentence and sentenced him to a further 12-weeks for the burglary at the pub, giving Collinson a total sentence of six months.
Sgt Fraser Earnshaw, of Fleetwood Police, said: “Collinson has been a prolific offender in Fleetwood over the past few months and has caused a lot of distress, as well as financial inconvenience, to the people whose cars and properties he targeted.
“He flouted the court’s first judgement against him and went on to commit further crime, fuelled by drugs and alcohol.
“A suspended sentence does not mean a person has got away with a crime.
“It means they must behave and not commit any further offences or they will be sent straight to jail – as Collinson has now discovered. Hopefully his victims will feel reassured now that he’s behind bars.”