End of the road for serial thief

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A serial thief has been jailed after being told by a judge he had reached the end of the road and his chances of freedom had run out.

Thomas Barrett, 33, of St Albans Road, St Annes, pleaded guilty to shoplifting and admitted being in breach of a suspended prison sentence for burglary.

He was sentenced to eight weeks imprisonment and ordered to pay a £150 court charge plus £80 victims’ surcharge by District Judge Rod Ross sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

The judge told him: “This is the end of the road in regard to your chances.”

Martine Connah, prosecuting, said security staff at Sainsbury’s, St Andrews Road North, St Annes, saw Barrett steal two bottles of Jack Daniels valued at £60 in April.

Steven Townley, defending, said Barrett had a lengthy criminal record and a long-standing drug problem.

Barrett had committed the burglary after taking Valium. He got into a private garage and put some work boots on.