A BURGLAR who broke into three student flats and stole hundreds of pounds of electrical items has been jailed for 16 months.
Timothy Beer, aged 26, forced his way into three apartment buildings in Sheffield near Solly Street by ‘tailgating’ students as they entered.
Once inside he then broke into the flats and took expensive electrical items.
All three burglaries happened in the space of three days between November 19 and November 21 last year.
On the first occasion he stole a games console and a computer worth £700, on the second an Xbox worth £400 and on the third an iPhone worth £450.
Jack Danaher, defending, told Sheffield Crown Court that Beer had been going through several difficult personal problems.
He said Beer had been evicted from his house and did not have legal fees to fight for custody of his children, which had led to depression.
Mr Danaher said that in desperation, Beer, of St Aiden’s Way, Norfolk Park, Sheffield, had stolen the items so he could provide his children with Christmas presents.
“He expresses remorse for what he has done and for the first time accepts he needs help with his mental health,” said Mr Danaher.
The judge, recorder Tahir Khan QC, said: “This is clearly a series offence in which you targeted vulnerable students.”