Ricky McLoughlin refused to leave his former partner alone after she ended their relationship
A Spice-addicted robber has been jailed after he terrorised his ex-girlfriend and their two children for months.
The victim of Ricky McLoughlin ended their five-year relationship because of his violent behaviour.
But the 23-year-old man would not leave her alone after the October break-up and he would wait in her garden for her to return to her Middlesbrough home.
When she arrived back by taxi on December 18 he snatched her bag and he ran off with it before he returned later and he kicked in the back door.
Then he followed her home on January 6, driving up in a black Peugeot car even though he was disqualified.
He stole a cigarette from her pocket and then stole an iPad from the kitchen.
In the early hours of January 11 he kicked through the lounge window and he went into her bedroom, taking her house keys before climbing back out again.
Prosecutor Lewis Kerr told Teesside Crown Court that McLoughlin had 22 convictions for 37 offences.
Duncan McReddie, defending, said that McLoughlin, who appeared over a videolink from Holme House Prison in Stockton, had been addicted to the drug Spice.
He said that McLoughlin claimed that he had been going backwards and forwards to the house and that he had returned the items that he stole within a week.
Mr McReddie told the judge: “I concede that there is no alternative to immediate custody but I would request that the sentence reflects the totality of the offending.”
The Recorder of Middlesbrough Judge Simon Bourne-Arton QC told McLoughlin: “You carried out a campaign towards (the ex) all because you could not get over the fact that this relationship was at an end, and it had an effect on the two children.
“This was at a time when your children should have been enjoying themselves and not you breaking down the door.”
McLoughlin, from Middlesbrough, but of no fixed address, was jailed for 30 months after he pleaded guilty to robbery, criminal damage, theft, driving while disqualified, burglary and no insurance.