A serial burglar who twice threatened to stab people who interrupted him carrying out raids has been jailed for five years at Lincoln Crown Court.
Shaun Tomlinson was disturbed when he sneaked into an upstairs room at The Card Factory in Eastgate, Louth, on December 5 - only to be disturbed by a member of staff.
James Baird, prosecuting, said that the woman staff member tried to grab hold of Tomlinson but he broke free and ran off into the street.
“The manager Angela Evison chased after him. Tomlinson was shouting threats and threatening to stab her but she pursued him through a number of streets and confronted him demanding back her I-phone.
“He handed that phone back to her and a leather purse he had taken.”
Mr Baird said that Tomlinson then made off with two other phones and a small amount of cash. Police traced him using a tracker device fitted to one of the stolen phones and he was arrested in James Street in the town. The remainder of the stolen property was recovered from him
The incident happened just three weeks after Tomlinson broke into a flat in Brunswick Court, Cleethorpes stealing watches, jewellery and a handbag.
He was disturbed by two people who arrived at the flats to carry out checks only to discover that the door to one of the properties had been forced open.
They confronted Tomlinson and tried to detain him but he produced what appeared to be “a silver, shiny object” and threatened to stab them.
The pair fled and called the police. Tomlinson left the building before officers arrived but was identified from CCTV footage.
Tomlinson, 33, of no fixed address, admitted charges of burglary and common assault following the incident at The Card Factory on December 5. He also admitted burglary and common assault arising out of the offences in Cleethorpes on November 11.
The court was told he had 23 previous convictions for 133 offences and at the time of his latest offences was on prison licence having been released early from a previous five year jail sentence. His licence has since been revoked and he has been recalled to prison until 30 September 2017.
Judge Michael Heath praised Angela Evison for pursuing and confronting Tomlinson and awarded her £250.
The Judge said “The court awards her that sum to reflect its gratitude to her for what she did. She showed considerable courage and fortitude.”
Terry Boston, in mitigation, said Tomlinson had pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity and accepted what he had done.
He added: “He wants to say that he is sorry.”