Online Editions

30th Jun, 2022

Thief jailed after flat break-in

A THIEF from Alcester who broke into a flat and stole a savings jar while he was subject to a community order for using a bank card taken in another burglary has been jailed.

Paul Andrews pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to the burglary of the flat in Stratford, and also admitted a theft, fraud and two charges of handling stolen property.

After hearing the 33-year-old, who is from Alcester but of no fixed address, was in breach of a community order he had been given in November, he was jailed for a total of 26 months.

Prosecutor Suzanne Francis said in May Andrews broke into the Masons Grove flat and smashed a demijohn containing about £300 in coins.

Police found blood on a handle which matched Andrews, who had been given a community order in November for handling bank cards taken in a burglary at a house in Castle Road, Alcester, and using them to carry out 16 contactless transactions.

Miss Francis said Andrews had also broken into a shed and stolen a custom-built bike worth £1,000, together with some power tools and welding equipment, and had later stolen a purse from a woman’s car.

Ian Speed, defending, explained Andrews had developed a heroin and crack cocaine addiction but since being remanded i had signed onto a drugs course.

Jailing Andrews, Judge Andrew Lockhart QC told him: “You have a poor record. You have some serious offences, and there are 19 fraud and dishonesty offences.”

Subscribe

Receive a weekly update to your inbox by signing up to our weekly newsletter.

Property Finder 24/7

Search for properties in Worcestershire, Warwickshire and the West Midlands.

Buy Photos

Buy photos online from the Stratford Observer newspaper.

Book an Advert

Book your newspaper advert with our online advert creation tool.