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Ipswich: Burglar who apologised to couple before he stole their possessions given suspended sentence

PUBLISHED: 16:00 24 February 2014



A polite burglar apologised to an Ipswich couple after they came downstairs in the middle of the night to find him in their kitchen, a court has heard.

Kalvin French told the couple: “Sorry I had no other option” before picking up a bag containing £400 worth of their possessions and making his escape through a window, Ipswich Crown Court was told.

French, 20, of Star Lane, Ipswich, admitted burglary at a house in Crofton Road, Ipswich on August 25 and was given an eight month prison sentence suspended for two years and ordered to do 200 hours unpaid work in the community.

He was also given a six month curfew between 7pm-7am and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £100.

Jamie Sawyer, prosecuting, said the couple who lived in the house heard their dog barking at around 4.30am and went downstairs to investigate.

They found their dining room window slightly open and saw a sat nav box and a pair of black shoes on the floor.

The woman householder caught sight of a figure out of the corner of her eye and screamed and grabbed hold of a money box.

French has raised his hands and apologised saying he had “no other option” before picking up his black shoes and a bag containing the couple’s belongings and making his escape through the open dining room window.

Mr Sawyer said the stolen items included a mobile phone, a wallet and its contents, sunglasses and a pouch containing tobacco.

No damage was caused to the property and French was identified from a fingerprint found on the sat nav box.

Craig Marchant for French said his client had learning difficulties and had no recollection of the burglary.

He said French had raised his hands and said sorry when he was discovered in the house. “He was quite polite given the context of the situation,” said Mr Marchant.

He said his client had not committed an offence of burglary before.

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