Man jailed after theft from van

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A MANSFIELD man has been jailed for eight months after stealing a sat-nav and phone charger from a workman’s van while serving a suspended sentence.

Prosecutor Robert Carr told Mansfield magistrates how Jamie Harris (22), of Layton Avenue, was seen by onlookers breaking into the van. They then alerted its owner.

Harris was detained when police arrived on the scene and the stolen items were found in nearby bins.

Harris, who admitted theft last Wednesday, committed the offence while serving a suspended sentence for a similar incident.

In mitigation, Andrew Bostock said Harris ‘understands he is staring down the barrel of a four month sentence straight away’.

He added: “It was an unsophisticated offence committed on the street where he lived.

“Custody is making no difference to his offences as a heroin user - something needs to be done to break the cycle.”

Mr Bostock explained that Harris had attended 12 out of 13 appointments for a supervision requirement over a 12-month period.

Sentencing Harris, magistrates said: “The last court gave you a chance and we feel you never took advantage of that.

“We are going to activate the suspended sentence and you will go to prison for four months.

“You will serve six months for theft reduced to four months.”

Harris was told the sentences would run consecutively and he would normally serve only half the term, but return to prison for the remainder if he re-offended.