A St Helens man with a list of convictions dating back to 1930 was sentenced to two months behind bars.
Frank Allison, 49, was found guilty of attempting to break into Blackbrook Working Mens Club with intent to steal and of stealing a pair of tin snips and a crowbar.
PC Lovatt was in West End Road, Haydock, when he spotted Allison climbing down from the club’s roof.
When challenged, he allegedly told the officer: “Yes - I’ve been after some money.”
Allison said he had tried to go straight but the temptation to steal was overbearing.