Heroin pair on a wrecking spree cost greetings firm thousands

TWO drug addicts caused damage worth thousands of pounds during break-ins at a Dewsbury firm.

Chris Forgie, 29, and Stephen Kenny, 52, hit greetings card manufacturer UK Greetings Ltd at Queens Mill, Savile Town, twice on successive days.

Kirklees Magistrates’ Court heard the heroin addicts first smashed their way in on March 31.

Damage worth £7,000 was caused when they broke a window and fire door and then smashed open vending machines to steal money.

A cash till was also taken and thrown into the river.

They returned at around 3am the following morning and broke in through the kitchen.

About £500 in cash was taken. Property damaged included a fire door worth £1,000 and three vending machines worth £500 each.

Forgie, of Hirst Street, Mirfield, and Kenny, of Cooperative Street, Mirfield, admitted two charges of burglary.

The court heard Kenny, who has a £20 a day heroin habit, “adopted” fellow addict Forgie.

Carl Kingsley, for Kenny, said: “He put him up at his address and both, then desperate for money and desperate for drugs, committed the offences.”

The court was also told the pair were responsible for almost 30 theft-related crimes each.

District judge Michael Fanning branded the latest offences as “planned and targeted offending”.

He added: “You’ve entered the premises once, and not content with that you’ve returned again to see if you can better your gains.”

Both men were jailed for 18 weeks and must each pay an £80 victim surcharge.

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