A PERSISTENT thief escaped jail after taking police on trips to the scenes of his crimes around Hilton.
It allowed officers to solve 11 offences where there had no clue of who was involved until they spoke to David Shaw, a court heard.
Judge Ebrahim Mooncey said he had decided to send Shaw to prison when he first studied the case.
But he said he changed his mind after reading a police report and hearing from defence solicitor Laura Finch for Shaw, 24, of New Road, Hilton.
The probation service suggested an alternative to custody and the judge said his initial reaction was ‘violins again’.
However, he gave Shaw a ten-month prison term, suspended for 18 months.
“You confessed to a number of matters to the police, some of them they were not even aware of,” said the judge, who praised Shaw’s father for offering him a home.
The court heard that Shaw had taken a range of items, which were worth a total of £3,000.
He admitted two counts of theft, burglary of a shop and possessing cannabis.
Eleven other offences were taken into consideration by the judge, who said the sentence would ‘not be a walk in the park’.
Sarah Slater, prosecuting, said Shaw got a job with a valeting firm which was based in the compound of the Toyota car plant in Burnaston.
On July 10, he took a sat-nav from a fellow worker’s car.
On August 2, he took a leaf blower when he saw a gardener working outside a house on Derby Road, Hilton.
On the same day, he stood outside a shop while another man went inside and took cigarettes worth £133 from the stockroom.
On other occasions, he stole three bicycles worth a total of £1,500, scrap metal and a lawn mower.
Miss Finch said Shaw had managed to stay out of trouble for eight months and that was ‘quite an achievement’ when studying his criminal record, which he agreed was ‘appalling’.
He told his solicitor: “I am sorry for what I have done to these people,” she said at Derby Crown Court.
“He is simply desperate for help. His father is really putting his neck out in allowing him that address.”
He must also attend a course to improve his thinking skills and must remain at home between 10pm and 6am for three months.