A thief who smashed a vehicle worth £33,000 through a perimeter fence after stealing it from a Lincolnshire business was jailed for four months.
Mark Sharpe, 41, was caught by police as he drove the Manitou MT Telehandler towards the A46 in the village of Witham St Hughes.
Lincoln Crown Court heard Sharpe was due to be sentenced last month after being bailed to an address in Scunthorpe but he failed to attend after running out of money.
The court heard police were alerted after four men were spotted behaving suspiciously outside the premises of Allenby Training in the village of Witham St Hughes late at night.
David Outterside, prosecuting, said: “The vehicle was worth around £33,000.”
“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.”
“The officer illuminated his lights and Sharpe pulled over.”
Sharpe was searched and found to be in possession of a small amount of heroin worth between £10 and £20.
The vehicle was returned to the owners with damage of £390 to the dashboard.
The business also had to pay £290 to recover the vehicle and suffered £3,400 in loss of earnings, the court was told.
Terry Boston, mitigating, said the heroin was for Sharpe’s own use.
Mr Boston told the court Sharpe was a skilled joiner but had been out of work since Christmas and came under pressure to steal the telehandler.
The court heard Sharpe was 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 belonging to Allenby Training.
He also pleaded guilty to possessing 0.18g of diamorphine, a Class A drug, on 21st May in Lincoln, on the same day.
Passing sentence Recorder Gareth Evans QC told Sharpe: “This was an expensive machine worth £33,000.”