Pub burglar sent to prison

Liam Plumb.
Liam Plumb.

A burglar who targeted a city centre pub while he was the subject of a suspended prison sentence has been returned to jail.

Liam Plumb, 35, was sentenced to two years over the offence at the Black Rock pub in Wakefield.

A court heard Plumb had been made the subject of a two year suspended sentence in September last year for fraud and supplying class A drugs.

Stephanie Hancock, prosecuting, said Plumb went into the pub around lunchtime on February 17 this year and saw there was no member of staff behind the bar.

He reached behind the bar and stole a money bag containing around £60 worth of savings.

The landlord checked CCTV footage when he realised the cash was missing and recognised Plumb.

Miss Hancock said the offence was burglary rather than theft as he had entered a private area of the pub in order to steal the cash.

Plumb, of Marshway House, Wakefield, admitted the offence after he was arrested and pleaded guilty to burglary.

He has 19 previous convictions, mainly for offences of attempted robbery, burglary, theft and breaching court orders.

Christopher Morton, mitigating, said Plumb had pleaded guilty to the offence at an early stage. He said his client had not gone into the pub intending to commit an offence but took the money when he saw an opportunity.

Jailing Plumb, Mr Justice Edis said: “You have a terrible criminal record going back years

“You have failed to take advantage of non-custodial orders which the court have imposed for your benefit and you find yourself standing here again.”

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