PROLIFIC criminal Callum Smith has been sent to prison following his 85th conviction.
The 23-year-old of Beeches Road in Charlton Kings was jailed for eight months after an attempted burglary.
Gloucester Crown Court heard Smith tried to break into a student home in St Paul's Street North with a 30cm pole made from a coat hanger and pens taped together.
Prosecutor Lisa Hennessy said student Matthew Brown found the contraption in his letter box on November 21 last year. She said: "Matthew realised that it could have been used in an attempt to open the front door and concluded that it had been used in an attempt to break in."
DNA tests on the object matched Smith's.
Ms Hennessy said: "He was arrested and initially he gave no comment, but the next morning he had a prepared statement.
"He said he had been at home asleep and was awaken at 2am by a man he knows as Nugget who asked him for a coat hanger and two pens."
He denied burglary when charged, but admitted to attempted burglary.
Recorder David Bartlett told the court that Smith had 85 convictions, had made 45 appearances in court, four previous convictions for burglary, five bail breaches and 32 breaches of court orders.
For the defence, Joe Maloney said: "He has pleaded guilty at the first opportunity he has. Last September his 18-month-old son died in tragic circumstances and he went off the rails. He accepts that he has a long record.
"This really was a half-hearted attempt at breaking in. In the scheme of things, this is a low end failed attempt and I ask you be lenient with the sentence."
Mr Bartlett jailed Smith for eight months, with his sentence starting when he admitted the offence on December 7.
He told Smith: "There was no destructive effect or harm done here, but you are a frequent offender and you want to be careful. If this had been a fully fledged burglary you would have been sent to prison for three years.
"The court has tried everything in the past and it has ended up with you breaching court orders 32 times. For that reason I have to sentence you to imprisonment, but I will make it as short as possible."
Smith, who will be out of jail in April, told Mr Bartlett he would not do it again.