Peter Anthony Sutcliffe, aged 42, forced his way into St Gregory’s Church in Blackhalve Lane, Wednesfield, and made off with a keyboard worth almost £300 and an £80 guitar.
Sutcliffe, of Brownsover, Rugby, pleaded guilty to a charge of burglary other than dwelling. Magistrates sentenced him to a 12-month community order with a six-month drug rehabilitation requirement.
He was ordered to pay £250 compensation for damage caused to the church and a £60 victim surcharge.
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