A man branded by a judge as a “professional sneak burglar” has been jailed for two-and-a-half years Friday 18th September for a series of walk-in burglaries at hotels and commercial premises.

The 33 year old committed the offences in August this year to fund his addiction to drugs.

But Lawton’s Stuart Sprawson who defended the man described him as belonging to a category of offenders he referred to a “the lost”.

He told Luton Crown Court his client was lost to society and the system, spending vast periods of his life behind bars and would remain like that until he tackled his drug problem.

In fact, the court heard, the spate of non dwelling house burglaries – which number five in all – began on the very day the man had been handed a six month suspended prison sentence at Luton magistrates court.

He left court that day – August 7 – and promptly carried out the first of burglaries when he walked into the Chilltern Hotel in Dunstable and, after sneaking into a staff area, stole a wallet and a set of car keys to the manager’s vehicle, which he then stole from the car park.

Two days later, he did exactly the same thing when he walked into The Holiday Inn in Dunstable.

He went straight to a staff area, before making off.

Luton Crown Court was told the man had stayed at both hotels previously and used his knowledge of the layout to sneak into staff areas.

Judge David Farrell QC, hearing the case, was told the day after the Holiday Inn burglary, the defendant sneaked into the staff area of a pharmacy in Dunstable and stole two mobile phones and a wallet.

On August 22 he was in a Travel Lodge Hotel in the area when he managed to get behind the bar and steal a phone and £600 in cash that were in a handbag.

The same day he got into a staff area at Leagrave Heating Supplies and, three days later, managed to get into a room at the easyHotel in Luton.

He pleaded guilty to five counts of non dwelling burglaries, the theft of the car and being in breach of the six month sentence handed to him on August 7 this year, which had been suspended.

Mr Sprawson defending told the court how his client’s life had been blighted by his misuse of drugs, which had been behind much of his offending.

The court he had chalked up a total of 64 convictions involving 189 offences.

Mr Sprawson said the defendant had left the magistrates court on August 7, having been in custody for two days and began his offending.

He said despite Harrington being only 33, he had served prison sentences totalling 15 years.

The barrister told the court that his client fitted into a category of offenders which he described as “The Lost” – offenders who were lost to the systems and society and who would remain that way until and if they could become drug free.

Mr Sprawson said the man was now a man angry with himself for what he’d done back in August and sad and disappointed.

Passing sentence, Judge Farrell told the man “You are a professional sneak burglar”.

He told him he had used the same modus operandi to commit the offences to fund his drug habit which he had been unable to beat.