Lincoln filling station thief who filled up and fled had 173 previous convictions
A SLEAFORD man who made off without paying for hundreds of pounds worth of petrol from filling stations has been jailed for 10 months at Lincoln Crown Court.
Scott Humphries took his people carrier to a number of petrol stations in the Lincoln area and remained in the driver's seat while an accomplice filled the vehicle with petrol. The two men then drove off without paying.
Phil Howes, prosecuting, said that Sainsbury's and Co-Op filling stations in Lincoln were targeted along with a petrol station at Bracebridge Heath.
"On each occasion over £100 worth of fuel was taken.
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Mr Howes said: "This is an area of crime he thought there were rich pickings. He refused to say in interview where the fuel had been sold to.
"He has over 26 years amassed an extensive criminal history for dishonesty."
The court was told that Humphries had convictions for 173 previous offences.
Humphries, 39, of Thomas Street, Sleaford, admitted three charges of making off without payment on dates between June 4 and 6 and asked for one similar matter to be taken into consideration.
Recorder Mark Wall QC told him: "The only way to deal with you is by way of an immediate prison sentence.
"One only has to look at your history to see how many similar offences are on your record."
David Eager, defending, said "These offences were committed when he was addicted to heroin. He is clean from drugs at the moment."
He said Humphries has stable accommodation and a job both of which he would be likely to lose if he were sent to prison.