A thief who failed to turn up to a string of community service work appointments has been told he must do the work in the next two weeks or face jail.
Richard Henry was ordered to do 200 hours unpaid community work a year ago but things started going wrong when floods in North Devon prevented him leaving home.
He missed further appointments because his car was damaged by floodwater and he was unable to leave his home in Torrington, Exeter Crown Court was told.
The probation service suspended him from the unpaid work scheme last month after he missed more sessions because he had found a full time job and could not spare the time.
Henry, 29, of Trafalgar Drive, Torrington, and formerly of Langdon Road, Bradworthy, was ordered to do the community work by Truro Crown Court last year after he admitted offences in Devon and Cornwall.
He pleaded guilty to theft, having an offensive weapon and handling stolen goods. The charges related to a break in at Penhalt Farm and Marsh Barton Cottage in Bude in October 2011 in which a strimmer, satnav and slab cutter were stolen.
Henry also admitted having a knuckleduster when stopped by police in Kings Hill, Bude, at around the same time.
Recorder Mr Ignatius Hughes, QC, ordered Henry to be curfewed at his home address in Torrington for the next two weekends and warned him he must complete the remaining 15 hours unpaid work by October 25.
He told him: "You are nearly at the end of this work but you must understand if you breach the order again you are likely to go to prison, where you will not be able to provide for your family for some time.
“I am going to impose a curfew to mark the breach and allow the order to continue. You must get the hours in before it expires. You are nearly there and nobody wants to send you to prison but if you don’t do the work that is what will happen.”
Mr Greg Richardson, prosecuting, said: "Henry has admitted failing to comply with the unpaid work and according to the probation officer he told them he was working and could not get to the sessions.
“He has completed 184 and three quarters hours and is currently suspended. Probation records indicate a pattern of missed work, most of which was deemed acceptable.
“He has attended some days to make up for those he missed but towards the latter stages of the order he seems to have lost motivation.
“The order is due to end on October 25 which means there will not be time to do more unpaid work, so the probation service are recommending a curfew over the next two weekends.”
Henry, who was not represented, told the judge: "Earlier in the year in January I missed my community service because there were floods everywhere and my car was damaged.
“We were all sent home one day and I missed the next one because I was fixing my car.
“For the past few weeks I have been working. I have only got seven weeks work and I want to get as much of it as I can to make money for my family.
“I was ringing every Friday when I could not get to the work and I could not do the make up days. I will now make it my priority.”