A thief who filled up his car with petrol at a Rushden supermarket and drove off without paying, only to return days later and commit the same crime has been jailed.
Crack cocaine addict Warren O’Dell, 38, from Windmill Road, Irthlingborough, appeared at Northampton Crown Court on Friday, November 1, where he was handed a one-year sentence for the two incidents, as well as for stealing a handbag from a car in September this year.
The court was told O’Dell was in breach of a suspended sentence he was given in July 2012 for 11 counts of false representation when he committed the trio of offences.
Prosecution barrister Michael Waterfield said O’Dell was seen putting £37-worth of petrol in his Citroen Saxo at the Rushden Waitrose store on June 17 this year before driving off without paying.
Several days later, on June 22, O’Dell returned to the store and put £43-worth of petrol in his car before once again driving off.
Mr Waterfield said: “Clearly, his number plate was captured and the police arrested him soon afterward.
“The defendant was actually offered the chance to pay for the petrol after his arrest, but did not do so.”
The court was also told about an incident on September 10 this year when O’Dell was caught after stealing a handbag from a car left in a driveway.
Mr Waterfield said the car had accidentally been left unlocked by the owner, but a neighbour saw O’Dell stealing the handbag when they heard a noise in the early hours of the morning.
When he was arrested, O’Dell admitted he had been walking around Irthlingborough trying the handles of dozens of cars until he found one unlocked.
The court heard O’Dell had managed to keep a heroin addiction under control, but was still addicted to crack cocaine.
Recorder Christopher Donnellan said O’Dell had been given an opportunity to show he could control his drug habit when he was given a suspended sentence last year.
He added: “However, in June this year, when you were only part of the way through that sentence, you deliberately just took what you wanted when you drove off from that petrol station.
“Three months later you stole a handbag after, by your own admission, walking around and seeing how many cars you had to try before you found one unlocked.”
O’Dell was given a six month sentence for breaching his suspended sentence and was given a further consecutive six month sentence for the three thefts.