Two men who burgled a cricket club were both caught out.
Scaffolder Steven Robbins and his bricklayer pal Ian Comins lapsed into crime when they fell on hard times, Bristol Crown Court heard.
After stealing garden benches worth £725 from the Mole Valley Farmers shop in Frome, they broke into the groundsman’s store at Midsomer Norton Cricket Club and plundered £14,000 worth of machinery and cider.
Robbins, 43, of The Daglands in Camerton, Bath, and Comins, 48, of Withies Way in Midsomer Norton, both admitted the burglaries.
Robbins also admitted being in breach of a suspended jail term.
Judge Euan Ambrose jailed Robbins for 24 months and Comins for 12 months.
He told the pair: “The offending involved the two of you, it was planned, repeated and at night.”
Hannah Squire, prosecuting, said the men helped themselves to four garden benches from Mole Valley Farmers overnight between April 29 and 30.
The men were captured on CCTV pushing the benches on to a flat-bed Transit van.
The benches were later recovered from Comins’ address, Miss Squire said.
In May the pair broke into a store at Midsomer Norton Cricket Club and helped themselves to property including four lawn mowers, 40 litres of diesel, a wheelbarrow, air compressor, strimmer and cans of cider.
A witness saw them in a BMW car at 4.40am, towing the goods on a trailer.
Police found Comins asleep in a car some seven hours later, complete with some of the stolen items.
All other stolen items were recovered from Robbins’ address.
The men asked for the theft of 26 sheets of timber from the cricket club to be considered.
Sam Jones, defending both men, said: “I recognize, as they do, the serious position they are in.
“They are both in their 40s and both have unattractive records.
“For a decade from 2000 both have been out of trouble.”
Mr Jones said the men both supported families and the root of their offending was a difficulty making ends meet.
Mr Jones told the court: “There is remorse in both pre-sentence reports.”
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