Burglar ‘fed up of appearing in court’

A DRUG abuser who burgled a dental surgery has been handed a suspended prison sentence by Chesterfield magistrates.

Justin Wragsdale entered the Ferndale House practice in Saltergate through a rear sash window on October 13 and left a DNA trace.

He stole dental loops and camera lenses specially made in America for a dental surgeon. Police found them at his home.

“A number of items were stolen but he accepts taking only the items found at his address,” said Helen Griffiths, prosecuting.

“He said the window was already partially open. He said he was on diazepam at the time for pain and he couldn’t recall a lot about the incident.”

Wragsdale (36) was in further trouble on November 18 when he was seen stealing a £60 spanner set from B&Q.

“A member of staff chased him across the car park and he threw down the set. He said he would have sold the item to pay off a drug debt,” added Mrs Griffiths.

Wragsdale, of Derby Road, Chesterfield, admitted charges of burglary and theft. He received a 12-week jail term but it was suspended for a year.

He was also handed a one-year probation supervision order, including a drug rehabilitation programme.

“He has made 26 court appearances in just under 21 years. He’s a career criminal in effect but he says he’s now fed-up of appearing in court on a revolving door basis,” said Steve Brint, for Wragsdale.

“He has spent the majority of his adult life addicted to some sort of substance, including heroin, and because of that he has committed acquisitive offences.”