A SERIAL burglar who raided a pub and helped himself to a 50-inch television has been jailed.
Dean Jones, broke into The Beehive bar in Sunderland after noticing that the rear door was insecure.
The building at the time was empty as the owner was renovating the property.
The 24-year-old made off with a 50-inch television, a CCTV recording system and a set of keys on July 27 last year.
The items were then sold for more than twice the amount they were valued at.
Prosecuting Neil Pallister said: “This is a man who has had 14 convictions and 37 offences.
“He has three strikes of dwelling burglary charges and was given a 10-week imprisonment on the 3rd of September last year for theft.
“He noticed that door was insecure and helped himself to what was inside.”
Jones, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty at Newcastle Crown Court to one count of non-dwelling burglary.
Defending, Stuart Graham, said: “He is 24 years old now and the reason he handed himself in is because he wants a clean slate.
“He does need to sort out his drinking and his drug-taking as well as his legal highs. He has improved his behaviour since he has been in custody.” Mr Recorder Kelly sentenced Jones to 30 weeks’ imprisonment, telling him: “At some stage you will have to decide if you want to spend the rest of your life behind bars.”