'Prolific burglar' who targeted Doncaster pub bandit machines jailed

David Stoakes.
David Stoakes.

A 'prolific burglar' who targeted pub bandit machines in Doncaster has been jailed for three-and-a-half years.

David Stoakes targeted bandit machines at the Goose pub in Hall Gate and The John Bull Inn at Thorne in October and November last year.

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In each incident police said he had caused thousands of pounds worth of damage to the bandit machines and stole varying amounts of cash.

Officers investigating identified that the same method had been used to force entry into the premises and they also found forensic evidence at the scene that led to Stoakes' arrest.

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The 37-year-old, of Warren Close, Intake, pleaded guilty to four counts of burglary and one of attempted burglary and was jailed at Sheffield Crown Court on Friday, July 20.

After the hearing, PC Joshua Heath, who led the investigation, said: “Stoakes is a prolific burglar who continued to commit crimes which effected local businesses, causing disruption and extensive damage.

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"This has been a lengthy investigation that has involved making enquiries in the area, analysing CCTV, reviewing forensics from the crime scenes and appealing for witnesses.

"However, Stoakes has now been brought to justice and rightly punished for his actions.”