Drug user stole from restaurant, house and car

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A BURGLAR who carried out a sneak-in raid on a Spalding restaurant was jailed for two years on Friday at Lincoln Crown Court.

Lewis East went behind the counter at the Crystal Inn on Churchgate and grabbed £20 and £10 notes from the till before fleeing.

Andrew Scott, prosecuting, said the restaurant manager had been called away to answer the telephone at the time.

She rushed downstairs on hearing the till ring and was in time to see East running out.

Mr Scott said: “She gave chase but she lost him. Police were called and he was arrested nearby.”

East had no money on him but confessed to the theft and told officers where he had hidden the cash.

East (21), of no fixed address, admitted burglary on November 18.

He also admitted burgling a house in High Street, Spalding, on August 28 and the theft of £1,300 worth of golf clubs from a parked car on August 18. He asked for 25 further offences to be taken into consideration.

Neil Sands, defending, said: “The root of his offending is his lack of accommodation and his drug use.”

He said that since being remanded into custody East has had a reconciliation with his mother and there was some hope for him in the future.