A man who broke into an Albany optometrist in January and stole more than $15,000 worth of glasses has been jailed. Joel Back, 41, appeared in Albany Magistrates Court on Thursday, via video link from Albany Regional Prison. He pleaded guilty to the charges of stealing, and burglary and commit over the break-in at Laubman and Pank on January 7. A police prosecutor told the court Back broke into the store between 4am and 4.15am by kicking and “shoulder charging” its glass door, smashing it open. He was captured on CCTV footage moments before in an alleyway between the rear loading dock and store front, covering his face with his shirt and raising his middle finger at the camera as he passed it. Back stole pairs of prescription glasses and sunglasses, which had a total value of $15,315. He was arrested at his home later that day. Police found a bag containing some of the pairs of glasses, but not all of the stolen pairs were recovered. Defence lawyer Lucy Bourne said Back intended to sell the glasses. She said from the age of 21 he had spent “over 15 years” in prison and moved to Albany from Perth in December to make a “fresh start”. Magistrate Dianne Scaddan said there was an “inconsistency” between the offences and Back’s “purported fresh start”. “The burglary was serious because, while not especially sophisticated, it did involve some degree of subterfuge,” she said. Back also pleaded guilty and was sentenced for 26 gains benefit by fraud charges and four charges of possession of identification material with intent to commit an offence, which occurred between October 12 and December 25. He was sentenced to an immediate jail term of one year and two months, backdated to January 7, and was made eligible for parole.