A BURGLAR who forced a children’s nursery in Spalding to close for the day was jailed for eight months at Lincoln Crown Court.
Pawel Zukovs (22) left Puddleducks Nursery in Holland Road with a £1,000 repair bill after smashing his way into the building with an accomplice.
Police were alerted to the 2am break-in after a neighbour heard raised voices and spotted a light inside the property.
The court heard Zukovs was found hiding in a garden behind the nursery when officers arrived at the scene.
Andrew Scott, prosecuting, said the burglary caused great inconvenience to the owners of the nursery.
Mr Scott told the court: “The bill for the damaged windows which had been toughened because of previous attempts was £400, and there was a bill from Lincolnshire Police of £250 for boarding the building up overnight.
“The nursery was also forced to close for a day, causing the parents of 31 children to find alternative arrangements at short notice and the nursery to refund their fees of £700.”
The court was told Zukovs carried out the break-in just a month after being released from prison for a previous burglary.
Abi Joyce, mitigating, said the burglary was not pre-planned.
“Zukovs had an argument with his girlfriend and went out drinking.
“He carried out the burglary after being given the drug amphetamine by his friend, but knows that is not an excuse,” Miss Joyce added.
Zukovs, no fixed address, pleaded guilty to burgling Puddleducks Nursery on July 19, this year.
Passing sentence Recorder Mark Wall QC said: “This was a commercial burglary, but it was of children’s nursery.
“As a result of you breaking in to the premises the nursery was forced to close for a day causing loss to the owners of the nursery and a great deal of difficulties to those people who relied on the nursery to look after their children.