Darlington serial offender is back behind bars for Highland Laddie burglary

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A serial offender is behind bars after his latest criminal spree around Darlington.

Richard Jenkinson stole money and alcohol from a pub before stealing expensive makeup from Boots and a bicycle from a garden shed.

Teesside Crown Court learned how the 38-year-old man broke into Highland Laddie in the early hours of the morning and was caught on CCTV rummaging through the crates before escaping with hundreds of pounds of alcohol on August 1 of last year.

Prosecution Anthony Pettengell testified that the accused stole a bottle of Jack Daniels, five bottles of Jagermeister, three bottles of Gordon’s Pink Gin, three bottles of whiskey, a bottle of Gordon’s Blood Orange gin, a bottle of Disaronno and a bottle of Archers – worth a total of £ 410 – plus £ 59 in cash.

He said: “CCTV showed that the accused entered just after midnight before leaving and returning shortly after with his hood up and wearing a mask. While at the pub, he opened a cash register before going. mingle with a cupboard and light a torch the locals looking for things to take.

The court heard that on October 20, while on bail in connection with the pub heist, he entered Boots in the city center and stuffed £ 155 of L’Oreal products into a bag before to leave the store.

Mr Pettengell said Jenkinson stole a bicycle from a shed on a property in Gresham Close, Darlington, before pledging it for £ 120 to fund his drug use – it was later recovered from the pawnshop .

Jenkinson, of Montrose Street, Darlington, pleaded guilty to pub burglary and assault on a computer when he threw water on her after his arrest in August.

The accused also pleaded guilty to the theft of Boots in October and the burglary of a homeless house in November.

The court heard he had more than 50 convictions for theft and had been granted a 24-month conditional discharge in the months leading up to the latest offenses. and pleaded guilty to violating this court order.

Caroline McGurk, in mitigation, said her client was doing well before moving into new accommodation and resumed using drugs.

She urged the judge to impose a community order with a drug rehabilitation condition because her offense was caused “solely by her drug addiction.”

Recorder Geraldine Kelly sentenced Jenkinson to a total of 18 months for the series of offenses.

She said: “These offenses were committed while you were under a 24 month community order that was imposed in January last year. You also violated a 24 month parole for attempted theft from a vehicle. motor. ”

Jenkinson was jailed for a total of 18 months for all of the offenses.

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