December 10 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
A burglar who admitted breaking into five Suffolk homes, including a bungalow belonging to a 78-year-old woman who had been burgled four years earlier, has been jailed for three years.
Andrew Clifton, 31, of Spring Road, Ipswich, admitted burglary at properties in Great Wenham and Henley between April 11-13 this year and asked for three similar offences to be considered.
Richard Kelly, prosecuting at Ipswich Crown Court, said Clifton had targeted rural properties and had stolen mainly jewellery.
One of the properties was a detached bungalow in Great Wenham belonging to a 78-year-old woman who had been the victim of another burglary in 2009.
She had left her home on April 11 to travel to Yorkshire to celebrate her birthday with her family but received a call from a neighbour while she was away telling her about the latest burglary.
When she returned home she discovered a side window had been smashed and a messy search had been made of the premises.
A number of items including mirrors, cash and jewellery had been stolen and Clifton was arrested after his blood was found on a jewellery box, Mr Kelly said.
The second burglary took place at a house in Henley while the owners were in London. The front door was kicked in and although some boxes had been moved from under a bed nothing appeared to have been stolen.
Clifton was arrested after his blood was found on the boxes that had been moved.
The court heard Clifton had three previous convictions for burglary in 2002, 2003 and 2008 and had a history of drug addiction.