A MAN who broke into a shed and stole power tools and a motorbike worth almost £4,000 has been jailed.

Blackburn Magistrates' Court also heard how Adam Barass was also caught damaging a padlock on the inside of a door at B&M Bargains, and later admitted he was intending to steal an electric scooter.

Barass, 29, of Maple Drive, Oswaldtwistle, pleaded guilty to damaging a padlock belonging to B&M, and also to burglary of a shed in Flimby Close, Blackburn.

After breaking in, he stole six Makita power tools, two DeWalt power tools, a Black and Decker power tool and Honda CR80 off road motorbike.

He was sentenced to 18 weeks in prison and ordered to pay £400 compensation on release.

Stephanie Varle, prosecuting, said Barass was detained by staff at B&M until police arrived, when he admitted he was preparing the way to remove an electric scooter.

She said the Honda motorbike stolen from the shed had been bought for £500 but had then been fully restored by the owner and was worth £3,000.

"A lot of work and passion went into that restoration," said Miss Varle.

Gareth Price, in mitigation, said both offences pre-dated further offences for which Barass had received a prison sentence which he was still serving.

He said the evidence that linked Barass to the burglary was a fingerprint inside the shed.

"He has no recollection of the offence but can't explain how his fingerprint was found inside the shed," said Mr Price.