A Dubbo thief who targeted the same business on consecutive nights during the Easter break has been sent to jail.
According to court documents, Jeffrey John Sherring travelled to Aquawest's Douglas Mawson Drive premises in a grey BMW on April 19.
At about 7pm the 31-year-old used a sledge hammer to smash glass and get into the building.
When Sherring gained access he took two petrol pumps from the business and left.
The next night, Sherring went back to Aquawest. Police said the thief smashed a temporary sheet of metal put in place because of his actions the night before.
Sherring again stole pumps and police discovered the equipment, worth about $9300, was at a Wongarbon property.
Police arrested Sherring on Cobra Street on May 7 and he away ran from them. A few hours later Sherring handed himself in and he has been in custody ever since.
In Dubbo Local Court last week he entered guilty pleas to two break and enter charges.
Magistrate Gary Wilson said Sherring - who appeared in court via audiovisual link from jail - had a "fairly extensive criminal history".
The court heard Sherring also had ongoing drug issues.
Magistrate Wilson convicted Sherring and said while the offences carried a 14-year maximum term of imprisonment, the Local Court was restricted and could impose a maximum two-year prison term.
Sherring was sentenced to 18 months in jail with a 13-month non-parole period. He will be eligible for release in June 2020.