A cold-blooded lizard thief snatched a reptile from a garden center

A South Derbyshire man, once dubbed ‘Swadlincote’s most wanted’ by police, is back behind bars.

Last year Leon Tilt, 36, of Dundee Road, Midway, was arrested by police after a lengthy chase, and was eventually found hiding in a loft.

Officers from the Swadlincote Safer Neighborhood Team previously described how they chased Flik on foot through residential streets and jumped over fences before apprehending him inside the property, Live reports from Staffordshire.

He appeared in court for a range of offenses last year including damaging a Vauxhall Astra in High Street, Newhall, entering a property with the intent to steal and assaulting a wife.

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Tilt also admitted to violating a 12-month parole imposed for possession of a Class A controlled drug on January 7, 2020.

Magistrates decided to jail him for 40 weeks in January last year because of his previous criminal record.

However, in September he was released and quickly offended again.

This time, Tilt stole a lizard from a garden centre, along with a thermostat, torch and bowl, worth a combined £142.97.

He was found in the Bretby Reptile Department planters and stole the reptile on September 28, a court heard.

Tilt also pleaded guilty to stealing a torch from the same garden center the day before.

He appeared in Leicester Magistrate’s Court on January 5 where he was sentenced to 12 months in prison for the latter offences.

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