Two old career burglars with a “shocking” catalog with more than 300 convictions between them targeted a Hull café and stole £ 1,280 cash in a handbag.
One of the prolific villains had received 210 previous convictions, and the other, a spice addict, had 96 convictions.
They had collected a total of 44 burglaries between the two, Hull Crown Court heard.
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The stolen cash had been left with a female employee by the owners to help run the cafe while they were away.
Jason Watson, 43, and his accomplice, Adrian Awty, 45, both of Hull but remanded in custody, pleaded guilty on Sept. 28.
Prosecutor Jazmine Lee said the couple went to the House of Panini cafe in Prospect Street, Hull, and appeared to be looking for something behind the counter.
Watson pointed to something, and Awty did the same. Both went into a private area and Awty ran out carrying something.
Watson went with something hidden down in his pants. An employee later noticed that her handbag was gone.
It contained £ 1,280 cash that the owners had given her to help operate the premises while they were away.
Keys, bank cards and a pair of Vivienne Westwood earrings were also stolen, giving the total value of the tow £ 2,280.
The men were later arrested, and Watson tried to barricade himself into his room.
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Watson had convictions for 210 previous offenses, including 125 for theft or similar offenses and 23 for burglary.
He had been jailed for four years on January 10 last year for burglary, but was released on September 3 this year.
Awty had convictions for 96 previous offenses, including 52 theft-related cases and 21 for burglary.
He had been jailed for three years and four months in October 2019 for burglary.
Julia Baggs, conciliatory, said Watson managed to get rid of drugs during his most recent prison sentence.
“He’s been addicted to drugs for the vast majority of his adult life,” Miss Baggs said.
After his release from prison, he quickly found himself on the street.
“He quickly fell, unfortunately, down from the carriage and made some setbacks,” said Miss Baggs.
“This violation was clearly impulsive. He wants to work when he comes out into the community.”
Cathy Kioko-Gilligan, who represents Awty, said the offense was opportunistic.
“There is no excuse for the defendant’s behavior,” she said.
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“He was under the influence of drugs at the time.
“He’s had a long history of drug abuse.”
It was unlikely that Awty would be released from prison before May 2022.
Recorder Megan Rhys told the couple: “You both have shaky records.”
Unless they changed their behavior, they would get longer and longer prison sentences and would spend most of the rest of their lives in prison.
“This offense is so serious that only a custodial sentence can be justified,” Recorder Rhys said.
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Watson and Awty were each jailed for 10 months.
After the hearing, staff at the House of Panini were told about the detentions, but they declined to comment.
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