THIEVES cut their way into the site of a renowned Warwick-based company and stole lorry tyres worth almost £7,000.
And although two of the three escaped being jailed when they appeared at Warwick Crown Court, the oldest of them was jailed.
Jake Blewitt, Wayne Tildesley and Jamie Arnold had all pleaded guilty at the court to stealing nine vehicle tyres from refuse vehicle manufacturer Dennis Eagle Ltd in December.
The three men, all from Tipton, also admitted going equipped for theft and damaging a padlock and fencing at the Dennis Eagle premises on the Heathcote Industrial Estate in Warwick.
Blewitt, 18, of Highfield Road, Tipton, was given a community sentence with supervision for 12 months and a two-month electronically-monitored curfew, and was ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work.
Arnold, 25, of Coronation Road, Tipton, was sentenced to nine months in prison suspended for 12 months, with supervision and a three-month curfew, and ordered to do 150 of unpaid work.
But Tildesley, 29, of Shakespeare Road, who had the worst record of the three, was jailed for 11 months by Judge Sylvia de Bertodano.
Prosecutor Graeme Simpson said on December 16 a suspicious van was seen at the Dennis Eagle site, where it manufactured specialist refuse collection vehicles.
A chain and a padlock had been cut, and a hole had been cut in the perimeter fence by the defendants who then loaded nine specialist HGV tyres worth £675 each into the van.
Police stopped the van on the M5 later that evening because it seemed to be overloaded – and arrested them after finding the haul in the back.
Antony Schiller, defending, said the trio carried out the raid to get some money for Christmas.