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Brierley Hill drug addict jailed after jewellery thefts
4:00pm Monday 23rd September 2013 in Local
A BRIERLEY Hill drug addict who hid underneath the canvas cover on a stall at the Merry Hill centre before sneaking out to raid a shop and steal £11,000 worth of designer watches has been jailed for 26 months.
Terry Payne, aged 26, was rumbled when he was spotted on CCTV grabbing the timepieces from the Watch Hut, Wolverhampton Crown Court heard.
Edward Soulsby, prosecuting, said Payne then left the shopping centre through a fire exit but was arrested by police when he returned five days later.
Mr Soulsby said that on the same day Payne lifted the watches he also stole £700 worth of Ray-Ban sunglasses from the Boots store.
And around the same time Payne had also stolen tools worth £900 from a parked van in Brierley Hill and taken a digital camera from Asda.
Payne, of Foxdale Drive, admitted burglary and theft charges and he further asked for six other offences to be taken into consideration.
Recorder Nicholas Cartwright told Payne his behaviour had been “a premeditated excursion for the sole purpose of stealing goods you could sell to fuel your drug habit”.
Jas Mann, defending, said his client was now determined to resolve his drug problem to put his life back on track for when he was released from custody.
He said his grandmother had properties away from the area so he could move if necessary while his brother ran a scaffolding company and could offer him work.
The Recorder, passing sentence, said Payne now had 61 offences on his long criminal record and it was clear Community Orders passed by courts in the past had not worked. In fact, he said, Payne had been the subject of a Community Order when the latest offences were committed.