A DRUG addict who was recalled to prison for breaching parole asked police to visit him in his cell – and then confessed to four smash and grab raids on Forest of Dean shops.
Simon Condy, 30, had committed the burglaries while on parole from a 44-month sentence for robbery, Gloucester Crown Court heard.
He would have got away with all four raids if he had not confessed, for there was no evidence to link him to any of them, the court was told.
Condy pleaded guilty to breaking into the Lloyds Chemist's in Coleford on September 8 and stealing £3,190 worth of perfume and aftershave.
He also asked for three similar raids to be taken into consideration – one on Lloyds in Newerne Street, Lydney, on August 7 and two on the same Martin's newsagents in Newerne Street on September 11 and 14 when he stole cigarettes on each occasion.
Judge William Hart jailed him for eight months but said the sentence would run concurrently with his robbery term, which does not expire until March 2014.
Prosecutor Lisa Hennessy said Condy, formerly of Blakeney, but now of no fixed address, has a long criminal record and has made 43 court appearances for 130 offences.
Steve Young, defending, said:
"He knew he had committed these offences and, having been recalled to prison, he decided to make full admissions. As far as I can see there was no evidence to link him to the offences."
Passing sentence, Judge Hart said: "You clearly have a long standing drug problem. You have written me a letter which seems to suggest that at last you have decided you need to do something about it and change your ways. I hope that is so."