A man who stole nearly £7,000 worth of his own family’s jewellery to finace his drug addiction has been jailed for 15 months.
Jordan Smith, 24, of Kimms Belt, Thetford, appeared at Ipswich Crown Court on Friday (September 12) and pleaded guilty to the theft of jewellery worth £6,950 and two offences of theft from his employer.
Prosecuting, Rachel Scarrott said after his arrest Smith had confessed to the thefts and said they had helped pay for his addiction to cocaine, which at the time was costing him around £50 a day.
Most of the jewellery, including pieces with irreplaceable sentimental value, had never been recovered, the court heard.
Ms Scarrott said Smith, a plasterer, had been arrested after his parents reported the theft of jewellery to the police.
While working for CLC Construction Ltd in Brandon, Smith had purchased tools and other equipment worth £1,211 using the company’s account with Ridgeons Building Merchants. He had also helped himself to two showers from CLC’s warehouse, valued at £480.
Ms Scarrott said the tools and showers had been sold by Smith and not recovered.
In mitigation, John Kellett said Smith had been free of drugs for five months and was genuinely remorseful for his actions.
Mr Kellett said Smith had faced threats of violence because of the debt he had amassed and had recently been attacked.
Giving evidence, Smith’s father Philip Smith said his son had accepted what he had done after receipts for the money he obtained from a second hand store for the stolen goods were found in a drawer.
The thefts from Ridgeons and CLC Contruction were committed between September 30 2013 and March 21 this year. The jewellery was taken between March 22 and April 13 this year.
Mr Smith said: “I hope we can get Jordan back to how he was four years ago. You can never forget but you can forgive.”
Sentencing him, Judge Rupert Overbury told Smith all the offences had breached a high degree of trust.
Judge Overbury said: “Those who steal from their employers and those who steal from their family should go straight to prison.”