A Hemel Hempstead man who went on a spree of petty offending to fund his drug habit has been jailed for two years today (November 14).
Much of Steven Parsons’ offending involved breaking into parked cars late at night in the town to see what he could steal from them and in turn raise funds to buy drugs.
In some cases, he managed to get his hands of people’s bank cards which he used to make small purchases.
Luton crown court heard it was a pattern that Parsons had followed for much of his adult life.
But Judge Andrew Bright QC told him that although his offending may not have been of the most serious it had nevertheless caused immense grief and inconvenience to his victims.
Parsons, 45, of Iveagh Court, Alexander Road in Hemel Hempstead appeared in custody to be sentenced after earlier admitted four offences of theft and three offences of motor vehicle interference.
In addition, he admitted 13 matters of fraud by false representation involving the use of other people’s bank cards.
He also appeared for sentence for two charges of having a bladed article and possessing heroin and possessing cocaine.
Judge Bright was told the offences had begun at the very start of this year when he failed to appear at Luton crown in January.
Parsons had targeted cars parked on driveways late at night in the town and in one instance was caught home CCTV system.
Shops and garages where he had fraudulently used bank cards also provided CCTV identification of Parsons.
After being arrested on one occasion by police he told police he had a crack cocaine habit and was in debt to dealers to the tune of £5,000.
The court heard he had been in custody since September of this year.
Nicholas Whitehorn defending said while in prison on remand Parsons had used his time productively to tackle his problems and had achieved “enhanced prisoner status.”
Judge Bright jailed Parsons for a total of two years telling him he hoped he would use his time inside to get on top of his drug problem.
Spelling out the alternative the judge told him: “if you carry on offending you will get longer and longer sentences and live a shorter and shorter life.”