A “career criminal” was sentenced to 40 months for a series of crimes after a court heard he had committed 38 offences and appeared in court 21 times.
Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard that Scott Forrester, of Parsonage Street, Tunstall committed his first crime in 2005 and after a string of offences was sentenced at a Youth Court in 2009 for three years for robbery.
Forrester, who appeared in court on a Video Link, had a break from crime between 2009 and 2016. He is said to have settled down in a relationship and had a daughter who is now five-years-old.
The court was told that Forrester has recently been approved for legal aid to help with the fight to see his daughter.
On the 7th – 8th August 2019 at 2am, the court heard that Forrester broke into a home with an insecure window.
He and an accomplice arrived on a motorcycle, took their car keys, the car from across the street, a laptop, a purse which contained £15 cash, a handbag and a coat.
The court heard that Forrester was found as a passenger on a motorcycle with some of the stolen items from a house that was burgled.
The victims of the crime were alerted by their bank to tell them suspicious activity was occurring on their account. The court heard that Forrester was using their contactless cards to make under £30 spends at petrol stations to buy items such as tobacco.
There were three offences that were taken into consideration, including two burglaries in Tunstall between June and July 2019.
On the 26th – 27th June 2019 a motorcycle was stolen from a property on Hanley Road, Hanley. Forrester agreed for these offences to be taken into consideration by the judge.
His relationship is said to have broken down after financial troubles. Mr Jason Holt, defense, said: “He, through me, apologises to the victims.”
His Honourable Judge Dean Kershaw said: “You are no stranger to the criminal justice system.
“This is something like your 38th offence, probably your 21st time appearing at a court.
“You were a career criminal and there’s no other way to describe you, complete menace.”
Forrester was sentenced for offences such as burglary, fraud and a breach of a non-molestation order.
He was handed a 40-month sentence for one count and nine more counts concurrently. The 28-year-old will serve half of the sentence and will be on license thereafter.