A "professional thief" with a large secret pocket who stole an expensive work from a Midland art gallery has been jailed for two years.
Cocaine addict Ian Anderson went on to snatch two sculptures from another gallery and three guitars from a music shop, Birmingham crown court heard. The stolen goods were worth more than £15,000.
Anderson, 39, of Dulwich Road, Kingstanding, who had many previous convictions for stealing from shops, admitted five charges of theft.
James Quinn, 39, of Jaffray Crescent, Erdington, who had pleaded guilty to two theft charges, was sentenced to a 12-month community order, ordered to do 150 hours unpaid work and pay £2,000 compensation.
Sentencing was adjourned on a third defendant, Rebecca Coupe, 25, of Finchley Road, Kingstanding, who also admitted two charges of theft.
Kate Iliffe, prosecuting, said Anderson and Quinn had gone into the Driffold Fine Arts Gallery in Sutton Coldfield in August last year where Watermill At Llandovery, a painting by Thomas Baker, worth £4,950, was displayed by the front door.
She said the two men spent about 10 minutes looking at pictures and the person looking after the gallery lost sight of them. Once they had gone, he discovered the painting was missing.
Later that day Anderson and Quinn went to another gallery in Mere Green Road, Sutton Coldfield, where they asked for items which required staff having to go to the stock room.
The two men again moved to where they could not be seen and snatched two bronze sculptures each worth £823 before running out.
On each occasion Anderson was wearing the same jacket and when it was later recovered by the police they found a large pocket that had been sewn into it, said Miss Iliffe.
She said on three occasions Anderson and Coupe had gone into a music shop in Birmingham and each time, after engaging staff in conversation, had taken an electric guitar. The three defendants were later arrested in a car on the M5. The guitars were found in the vehicle but the artworks were never recovered.
Malcolm Morse, for Anderson, said he was in the grip of a cocaine addiction and that most of his offending had involved "straight-forward shoplifting" to get money to buy drugs.