A MAN who broke into his sister’s home and stole cash has been jailed.
Serial crook Andrew Walsh – who had more than 100 previous offences to his name – had had problems with drugs and later alcohol.
After getting into the address on Adstone Avenue, Layton, he removed a coins that had been stored in a whisky jar.
The 28-year-old, of no fixed address, had pleaded guilty to the burglary which took place on November 3 last year.
Richard Hunt, prosecuting, told Preston Crown Court Kelly Walsh lived in a three bedroomed semi-detached house.
Her partner had returned home to find that glass in a back door had been smashed. Items had been moved in the home.
Walsh’s fingerprints were discovered and he was arrested.
“When asked to account for his whereabouts that afternoon, he told lies”, said Mr Hunt.
Rachel Woods, defending, said her client had had problems with drugs in the past and later he turned to alcohol which could also be highly addictive.
She told the court: “He knows there is only going to be one sentence and that is custody.
“This was a very unsophisticated offence. He had gone round during the day, expecting his sister to be there. He wanted to borrow money.
“The offence wasn’t planned. He snatched what must have been a few pounds, left the property and spent the money on alcohol.
“He has been reconciled with his sister. He is sorry for what he has done”.
Jailing Walsh for 13 months, Judge Christopher Cornwall said: “It seems to me you need to be behind bars for long enough to get the poison out of your system, to enable you to think realistically about your own predicament, how you are going to behave and long enough to ensure you are supervised on release.
“This offence was so utterly mean”.