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No more chances for bungling thief

A THIEF who squandered a second chance and attempted to steal from an airport hotel has been jailed.

A THIEF who squandered a second chance and attempted to steal from an airport hotel has been jailed.

Tyrone McDermott, 30, of no fixed address, had already been handed a suspended sentence for snatching an ambulance sat-nav.

But on July 20, McDermott vaulted the front desk of the Etap Hotel, in Bickenhill, and tried to grab a cash drawer.

Staff disturbed him and McDermott fled empty-handed. Later the same day, he was arrested by officers from Solihull Police.

Appearing at Birmingham Crown Court last week, the judge handed the repeat thief an 18-month prison sentence.

Earlier this year, Judge Phillip Parker QC had given the defendant a 12 month suspended sentence for the ambulance theft.

Back in court this month, Judge Parker heard how McDermott had struck at the hotel and two other locations during his suspended period.

Sergeant Julian Powell, from Solihull Police’s offender management team, said that McDermott had been given plenty of chances to mend his ways.

“We offered drug rehab support and closely monitered his behaviour. He didn’t accept the help being offered to him and the justice system finally ran out of patience by handing him a lengthy prison term.”

 

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