A teenage burglar who targeted small businesses in Scarborough has been locked up for 17 months.
Jordan Eastwood, 19, stole hundreds of pounds in cash and equipment from two hairdressers, a pizzeria and a newsagent between 4 February and 16 April.
One of the businesses, a gents hairdresser, was unable to open following the break-in, losing out on earnings due to Eastwood stealing essential equipment such as dryers and clippers.
Eastwood, from Ossett near Wakefield, was sentenced to 32 weeks’ detention at a young offenders institute.
In addition, he was given a 16-week sentence for a burglary in West Yorkshire and six months for breaching a suspended sentence.
Detective Constable Jade Gallagher-Barrass said: “Over an 11-week period, Eastwood wreaked havoc among small business owners in Scarborough. They had their premises broken into, businesses and lives interrupted and earnings affected by his selfish actions.
“I hope his sentence sends out a clear message to other criminals who look to target small businesses in Scarborough. The police will pursue you, convict you and put you in front of the courts to ensure justice is done.
“I also hope the sentence handed to Eastwood and knowing he has been put behind bars for over a year, provides some reassurance to those business owners whose livelihoods were affected by his thieving”.