A burglar has been jailed for six months after admitting two raids in Grantham town centre.
Carl Jackson was caught by CCTV at King’s School conference room at the junction of Church Street and Castlegate.
Phil Howes, prosecuting, told Lincoln Crown Court that a member of staff spotted Jackson on the CCTV system as the intruder climbed over a fence onto the pavement.
The man carried out an extensive search but could not find Jackson but soon afterwards the defendant appeared on the CCTV again this time standing outside the same building.
Mr Howes said the member of staff ran after Jackson who fled. The man followed Jackson to the St Wulfram’s church hall and contacted police.
Officers arrived to find a window of the church hall was broken with a large rock left on the floor. Jackson was found inside. He had poured four tins of soup into a bowl.
The damage caused to the two buildings came to over £1,000.
Jackson, 29, of Harrowby Lane, Grantham, admitted charges of burglary and attempted burglary on July 15. He was jailed for six months but is likely to be released immediately because of the amount of time he has spent in custody on remand awaiting his sentence.
Stuart Lody, defending, said Jackson had a problem with drink but has “dried out” while in custody.
He added: “These offences were simply to feed his alcoholism. Drink is clearly the background. He once managed to get himself off heroin which was no mean feat but he then resorted to alcohol.
“He knows that if he continues to drink alcohol at the rate he has been doing then he is not going to last beyond his 30s.”