A BURGLAR who had just been released from prison broke into a Sheffield pub for a drink.
Wayne Cartlidge also stole £900 worth of spirits, cash, jewellery, a mobile phone and a cheque book from the living quarters of The Woodbourn Hotel in Attercliffe, Sheffield, a court heard.
But blood left on glasses and bottles at the pub was matched to Cartlidge and he was arrested by police a couple of weeks later.
Cartlidge, aged 38, of Wade Street, Grimesthorpe, Sheffield, admitted burglary and was jailed for 16 months.
Susan Evans, prosecuting, told Sheffield Crown Court Cartlidge had been released from jail on licence just four days before the break-in.
She said that the licensee had left the premises secure on June 17 but, when he returned at 5.30pm, he found a window had been broken and the bar and living area had been ransacked.
Cartlidge was arrested on July 5.
He told the police that he had only broken into the pub to get a drink - but then decided to steal some spirits and cash while he was there.
In a victim impact statement read to the court, the licensee said he had been left ‘fed up’ by the burglary.
He added that the stolen items were not insured.
Judith Seaborne, defending, said Cartlidge had replaced a Class A drug addiction with drink.
“He has little memory of his actions once inside the pub and doesn’t recall going upstairs at all,” she said.
Jailing him, Judge Roger Keen QC told Cartlidge: “You are a persistent burglar, sometimes of houses and sometimes commercial premises.
“This time it was a pub where people live.
“It is hard enough for licensees to make a living without people like you breaking in and stealing from them.”