A HUDDERSFIELD man who carried out a high-value revenge burglary at his former employer's premises after being made redundant has been jailed for 21 months.
Jamie Hall, 23, thought he was badly treated when he was laid off by Dewsbury-based Adept Concrete Cutting Ltd last July.
So two months later he broke into their Thornhill Road premises at night with an accomplice and stole high-tech drilling equipment worth around £31,000.
Hall, of St James Way, Rawthorpe, then tried to sell on the equipment, which was being stored in a garage, but Bradford Crown Court heard yesterday that other people in the specialist industry had been told to be on the look out for the stolen goods.
Prosecutor Michael Smith said when Hall contacted a potential buyer the man alerted staff at Adept Concrete.
They checked their records and it was discovered that the phone number being used belonged to their former employee.
The police tracked down Hall and recovered the stolen equipment from the garage.
During his police interview Hall said after breaking into the premises the equipment, including saws and drills, had been loaded into his van and taken to the garage.
“He admitted that he had burgled the premises at least in part out of revenge of being made redundant,” said Mr Smith.
Lawyer Neil Murphy, for Hall, said he had worked for the company for some time, but they had let him go because of the recession.
He said Hall was a young man who behaved very stupidly, but he submitted that it was not a sophisticated offence.
He urged Recorder Tim Hirst to consider suspending any prison sentence, but the judge said the fact that the burglary was committed out of revenge was one of number of aggravating features.
Recorder Hirst said the fact that Hall had worked at the premises meant he knew his was around and had knowledge of which equipment would be of value.
Hall pleaded guilty to the burglary charge at an early stage but the judge said he was driven to the conclusion that only immediate custody was appropriate.