A serial burglar who broke into a school and stole money that he hid down his pants was caught thanks to a teacher’s quick thinking.
David Torr, 39, was tracked down after a senior teacher at Cardinal Allen High School, in Fleetwood, noticed her phone had been stolen, along with £30 in cash, as she prepared to leave for the day.
She and her colleagues agreed to call the phone and when it started ringing they followed the sound to a cupboard where they found Torr, of Furness Avenue, Grange Park, hiding.
The former heroin addict later pleaded guilty to burglary and was yesterday handed a suspended jail sentence by Blackpool magistrates.
Paul Foster, prosecuting, said the Cardinal Allen High School teacher noticed her handbag had been moved on February 6.
After she and her teaching colleagues rang her mobile number and discovered Torr hiding in the electric switch cupboard, they took the phone from him before calling the police.
Officers then searched him and found the money he had taken from the handbag concealed.
When interviewed he said he had been out with a friend in Fleetwood and on the way home needed the toilet.
He went into the school and was tempted when he saw the handbag.
Torr, who has previous convictions for burglaries at schools and play groups, was sentenced to 16 weeks in jail, suspended for 12 months, and ordered to pay £30 compensation plus an £80 victim surcharge.
David Charnley, defending, said only nine days ago Torr was given a last chance by a district judge who sentenced him to a community order for offences of burgling two play groups.
The order involved supervision and alcohol counselling but had not yet had time to have any effect.
Torr was previously a heroin addict but after his partner died of an overdose he stopped taking the drug.
The court heard he had since replaced the Class A substance with alcohol.
The school declined to comment on the incident.