Scott Manders walked into a police station and gave himself up because he realised he had become a danger to both himself and other people. The heroin and cocaine addict had targetted the Gurudwara Baba Wadbhag Singh Ji in Mount Pleasant, Bilston, twice. Shree Krishna Mandir on Penn Road in Wolverhampton was also targeted.
The court was told that Scott Manders struck twice late at night at the Gurudwara. On the first occasion he broke in through a window and found the collection box from which he took an estimated £500 worth of donations on May 3 last year. This was followed by a carbon copy break in over a year later on September 18.
The Gurdwara committee had now started to lock the collection box. Mr Manders fled empty-handed.
Manders also threw a rock through a window to get into the Shree Krishna Mandir temple in Penn Road, Wolverhampton in December last year and stole an unspecified amount of money. He tried again – this time using a ladder to reach an unsecure window – on August 23.
“These temples were deliberately targeted and the offences occurred at night during the currency of his licence following early release from his last sentence,” said Ms Francis.
Manders from Tettenhall Road, Wolverhampton, who had 29 previous convictions involving 62 separate offences, admitted burglary with intent and theft.
He was jailed for 13 months by Recorder Geoffrey Kelly who told him: “Burgling these religious institutions is a despicable offence.
“They are set up for charitable as well as religious reasons. If you had asked for help instead of attacking them your plea would not have fallen on deaf ears.”