Former drug addict who stole copper wiring from business is jailed

COURT: Court Case
COURT: Court Case
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A former drug addict who stole copper wiring to feed his amphetamine habit has been jailed for two years.

Terry Robinson, aged 35, twice broke into an unused warehouse on TK Lynskey’s site in Wath Upon Dearne and took £25,000 of copper.

Phillip Morris, prosecuting, told Sheffield Crown Court staff on the first occasion found an external door had been forced and copper wiring and fuses had been stripped.

At the time Robinson - who has 25 convictions for 36 offences - was using £40 of amphetamines a day.

The dad, from Great Central Avenue, Balby, Doncaster, has a two-year-old child.

Edward Moss, defending, said Robinson had been hooked on amphetamines since he was 16 and it was the root cause of his offending.

But Robinson is now ‘drug-free’ and was responding well in prison, the court heard.

Judge Simon Lawler said of the break-ins: “They were planned and there was a degree of sophistication about them.”

Robinson was given 18 months in prison for the burglaries with six-months on top for breaching a conditional discharge order.