A persistent thief who burgled a busy fast food joint as staff were working was caught when he was seen snooping in bins behind the property two days later.
Craig Nightingale, 40, of Lancaster Road North, Preston, sneaked into a staff area at McDonalds on Friargate, Preston, on June 22 and stole items including a tablet and i-Phone from two members of staff.
You have an appalling record with 40 previous matters of dishonestyDistrict Judge Jane Goodwin
Police were called on June 24, when the manager saw the same man on CCTV looking in bins behind the restaurant, Preston Magistrates’ Court heard.
Prosecuting, Karen Saffman said when he was arrested nearby he was found in possession of stolen perfume.
Yet just five days later, after being bailed, he broken into a woman’s car near M&S and stole a bag containing her “irreplaceable” college coursework, a sat nav and clothes.
Nightingale admitted burglary, theft from a car, and handling stolen goods.
At the time he was in breach of a suspended sentence and a court discharge.
Nightingale, wearing a grey and luminous yellow sports jacket, stood in the dock as James Ball, defending him, said he was anxious not want to go to prison due to his partner’s health issues.
But District Judge Jane Goodwin jailed him for a total of 40 weeks.
She said: “ You have an appalling record with 40 previous matters of dishonesty and you have had all manner of sentences. There was damage caused to the vehicle and an untidy search.
“There was a high monetary loss and college coursework was taken, which I’m sure was irreplaceable.”
Nightingale blew a kiss as his partner who sat in the public gallery, as he was led away by guards.