Theft landlord gets suspended sentence

A LANDLORD who stole after entering two flats he rented out has been given a suspended jail sentence at Worcester Crown Court.

James Smith, aged 37, of Mount Pleasant, Redditch, pleaded guilty to burglary at the flats in Lodge Road, Redditch, while the tenants were away for a short time.

Prosecutor Paul Whitfield said the items stolen were a rucksack, diary, laptop computer, jewellery and a small amount of cash. Smith later sent a text to one of the tenants revealing what he had done and the property was recovered.

Tim Sapwell, defending, submitted a number of character references. Smith regretted he had acted in a childish and petulant manner.

Judge Patrick Thomas QC suspended the four-month jail sentence for 18 months. He ordered Smith to pay £350 for invading the privacy of the tenants and a further £370 court costs.

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