Man jailed for smash and grab raids on BP and Esso stations
Two weeks later he used a brick to smash his way into the Esso at Willand near Cullompton. He helped himself to cigarettes worth £4,600.
He was traced to an address in Somerset and emerged from the loft to be arrested. Most of the cigarettes were recovered but loss of trade at both premises totalled about £80,000.
Reynolds, 38, admitted two burglaries. He was given a sentence of two years and four months.
Prosecutor Mr Paul Grumbar said Reynolds took cash from tills during the Taunton raid in August last year. The premises were closed for 36 hours for the £2,000 repair of the window. During that time the garage lost £60,000 in business.
On September 15 Reynolds removed 400 packets of cigarettes after breaking a window at the Willand garage. The car he drove to the scene was traced and he was arrested.
The defendant said he had a £200 a day heroin and crack cocaine habit. His life had gone downhill after suffering a trauma. He lost his job and his home and got in with the wrong crowd. He said he was sorry but felt he had no choice but to steal.
Recorder Don Tait said local businesses could breathe a sigh of relief now he was behind bars. Reynolds is already in jail after being recalled for previous offences. He is due to be released in July last year.