A thief who broke into one school so he could steal from another has been jailed for five months.
Michael Roberts, 25, of Egremont Avenue, Cleveleys, was sentenced to 20 weeks in prison by Blackpool Magistrates Court for two counts of burglary between the night of Monday, September 23 and the following morning.
Roberts initially broke into Northfold Primary School, on Ringway, Cleveleys, and stole a set of keys to enter next door’s Haven School, where he stole four laptops.
Roberts was arrested and charged by police on Thursday morning and appeared in front of Blackpool magistrates on the same day where he was immediately convicted and jailed for the seriousness and nature of the offence, his history of previous offences, the great inconvenience he had caused Haven School and his chaotic lifestyle.
Insp Steve Bell, of Wyre Police, said: “The nature of Roberts’ offences showed a particular callousness, stealing computer equipment from a school that caters for children with special educational needs.
“It is partially due to the nature of the offence, and the problems it has caused the school, the magistrates have decided to act so swiftly, and we welcome their decision to jail Roberts. It is important Thornton and Cleveleys residents know that Roberts is now off their streets.”
County councillor Andrea Kay, who represents Thornton Cleveleys North for Lancashire County Council, said: “Our crime figures have been down recently so I’m mortified he’s been able to do that.
“I’m glad he is off the streets but I don’t think his sentence is long enough.
“He needs a stronger sentence and should be made to earn the money back for the stolen computers.”