A BURGLAR who targeted several Rotherham town centre businesses and caused costly damage has been jailed for two years.
Michael Parker, of no fixed address, was arrested on November 7 after a spate of incidents in the centre of town.
After gaining access to a number of premises', police say 38-year-old Parker wreaked havoc by smashing doors and windows, damaging the shops and other property as he rummaged for valuables.
In September, Parker stole £8 in cash from Ramsdens jewellery and in October, took hair straighteners, scissors and microblading tools from Million Hair beauty salon and a CCTV hard drive, laptop, gift sets and cameras from the Rotherham Hospice shop.
During the same month of October, he also entered the tailors in the old Town Hall, with an intent to steal.
In each of the incidents, it was not just the items taken, but the damage Parker caused, which proved costly for the business owners, Sheffield Crown Court was told.
Parker pleaded guilty to four counts of commercial burglary at an earlier hearing and was sentenced to two years in prison on Friday (November 29).
Det Sgt Phil Dean said police were doing all they could to identify thieves like Parker and put them before the courts.
“Offenders gain access to commercial premises and cause extensive damage as they search for valuables," Det Sgt Dean added.
"It’s this destruction which often costs thousands of pounds to put right, and can make all the difference between a venture succeeding or going out of business.
“To business owners in the town centre, our message is if you’re not already, please get in touch with your local policing team for advice on how to properly safeguard your premises.”
For crime prevention advice, contact the Rotherham Central team at: RotherhamCentralNPT@southyorks.pnn.police.uk.