Rotherham burglar asks to be jailed

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A man burgled a Rotherham house to feed his drug habit – because he was unable to go shoplifting that day.

Wayne Hucknall was walking around his mother’s home village of Treeton when he saw a woman gardening and took his chance to break into her home on Church Lane – stealing a £90 camera and £20 in cash.

Sheffield Crown Court heard he sold the camera for £15 and bought drugs.

Louise Gallagher, prosecuting, said: “He had a drug problem, but couldn’t go shoplifting, because the person who drove him about was not available.

“He was walking past the house and decided to go in to see what he could steal.”

Barrister Richard Canning, mitigating for 31-year-old Hucknall, said: “He was shoplifting on a daily basis, but couldn’t do so that day. He was desperate to feed his drug habit.”

Hucknall, of no fixed address, admitted burglary.

He was captured on CCTV entering his victim’s house.

Mr Canning said: “Unusually, he wants to be put away for a lengthy period of time.

“It is the best chance he has of staying drug-free on his release.”

Jailing him for 28 months, Judge Robert Moore said: “In December and January this year, you were going out with a driving friend around different shops stealing goods for money to buy drugs.

“Your driver was not available, so you reverted to your other operating mode of targeting the elderly in their houses.”

The sentence was added onto a 40-week sentence he is already serving.