A man who admitted breaking into Pinchbeck Post Office on Wednesday has been jailed for 26 weeks by magistrates.
Jake Joseph Albert Boyton (27), of King Street, Market Rasen, had pleaded guilty to burgling the Mace store in Knight Street during the early hours of January 3 when he appeared at Lincoln Magistrates Court on Friday.
Magistrates heard that Boyton smashed a window and stole cigarettes before escaping in a small hatchback car.
As well as the jail term, Boyton was ordered to pay a £115 victim surcharge.
Inspector Gareth Boxall, South Holland community policing inspector, said: “Our officers worked hard to bring this man to justice and we would like to thank all the members of the public who came forward as witnesses and helped us with the investigation as well.”
Meanwhile, a 24-year-old man arrested in connection with the burglary has been released under investigation.
MONDAY 9.20AM: Man arrested and charged after Pinchbeck post office burglary
A man has been arrested and charged in relation to the burglary at Pinchbeck Post Office on January 3.
WEDNESDAY 11.46AM: One man has been arrested and another is being targeted by police after a burglary at the post office in Pinchbeck during the early hours of this morning (Wednesday).
Police were called to the Mace post office in Knight Street shortly before 5am after two men had broken into the shop.
The alarm sounded which alerted a man living in a flat above who went to check on the shop and found a man standing by the cigarettes. A window had been smashed and another man was also present.
The offenders fled the scene in a small hatchback car, taking with them a quantity of cigarettes. Within two hours, police had identified and arrested a 24-year-old man in connection with this burglary.
They have also located the vehicle believed to have been used, which contained the stolen cigarettes that will be returned to the shop. The second suspect is outstanding but has been identified and is currently sought by officers.
Anyone who may have seen or heard the offenders at Knight Street this morning is asked to call police on 101.