Mansfield garage burglar jailed for three years

A burglar who sneaked into a farmhouse in Pleasley after breaking into a Mansfield garage has been jailed for three years.

A judge told Nico Wallace (22), of Wallace Road, Mansfield, it was the fourth time he had been before the courts for house burglary.

Nottingham Crown Court were told the occupier of the remote farmhouse was in the back garden when Wallace entered the house some time after 8am on 21st February. He took a laptop and car keys, said Jim Metcalf, prosecuting.

When spotted he said he was looking for work. He was told no work was available.

There were high value cars at the premises, including a Mercedes, Range Rover and Bentley.

Two days later two police officers on patrol looking for Wallace saw him inside No Creases dry-cleaners, Stockwell Gate, and arrested him.

He admitted the two burglaries and a third one 10 days earlier at Crown Farm garage in Mansfield.

There the office door had been kicked in and a cash box containing £400 taken along with car keys.

Wallace admitted stealing a Vauxhall Zafira and Land Rover Freelander, both of which were recovered.

Also recovered was a diagnostic computer, valued at £2,500, which he had tried unsuccessfully to sell to another garage.

The court were told he started offending at 13 and had served a sentence of two years and four months at 18.

In mitigation it was said he was a young man who had ‘never quite got his life sorted out.’

Judge Michael Stokes, the Recorder of Nottingham, said if the house burglary had been at night the sentence would have been five years.