A burglar who stole thousands of pounds from a social club after he deactivated the alarm system has been jailed for 22 months.
Philip Allan, 47, of Morecambe, appeared at Northampton Crown Court and was sent to prison after Recorder Adrian Redgrave said his theft was carried out in a ‘professional’ manner.
The court was told staff at the Earls Barton Silver Band Club discovered the break-in in November 2011 after they had locked up the premises the night before.
In all, about £3,900 in cash was stolen, £300 of alcohol was taken or damaged and there was a repair bill for a further £1,000.
The court was told Allan had a long record of committing burglaries and had been handed a six-year sentence in 2008 for a string of burglaries at social clubs where alarms had been tampered with.
The court heard that police caught Allan because he had left DNA at the scene.
In mitigation, Allan’s barrister said the convicted burglar had been trying to get his life back on track since being arrested for the Earls Barton break-in.
He said that Allan had secured full-time work and his employer had given him positive references.
However, Recorder Redgrave said that Allan had been ‘burgling social clubs for years’.
He added: ““The break-in was carried out in a professional manner and I am wholly satisfied that it was also you who bypassed the alarm.”