A FORMER fireman has been jailed after stealing 185 metal drain covers from streets across Solihull and Worcestershire.
Graham Leith, of High Street, Studley, got just £10 from scrap dealers for each cover, although the haul cost local councils £45,000 to replace.
The offences happened between November 2011 and January 2012.
The 27-year-old, who admitted stealing to fund his cannabis habit, was jailed for three and a half years, although Leith was told he would serve half of his sentence on licence.
On sentencing, Judge John Steel QC said: “You were wholly reckless in your disregard to the public and it was simple good luck that no one was injured.”
West Mercia Police said Leith was arrested after a member of the public reported a rental van acting suspiciously in the early hours of January 17, 2012.
Officers, who had been investigating reports of drain covers being stolen, stopped the van driven by Leith, and found the metal covers in the back.