A Brigg man who smashed a vehicle worth £33,000 through a perimeter fence after stealing it from a Lincolnshire business has been jailed for four months.
Mark Sharpe, 41, was pulled over by police as he drove the Manitou MT Telehandler towards the A46 in the village of Witham St Hughes, near Lincoln.
Lincoln Crown Court heard police were alerted after four men were seen behaving suspiciously outside Allenby Training.
David Outterside, prosecuting, said: “Sharpe drove it straight though a perimeter fence to take it away. At around 10pm a police officer saw the telehandler being driven towards the A46 Swinderby roundabout.”
Sharpe was searched and found to be have £10-£20 worth of heroin on him. The vehicle was returned to Allenby Training with £390 of damage.
Terry Boston, mitigating, said the heroin was for Sharpe’s own use and the unemployed joiner had been under pressure to steal the Telehandler.
The court heard Sharpe had been remanded in custody when he failed to appear before Lincoln Crown Court in July.
Sharpe, formerly of Brocklesby Court, Bridge Street, Brigg, admitted stealing the MT Telehandler and to possessing 0.8g of diamorphine, a Class A drug, on May 21 in Lincoln, on the same day.