Burglar jailed after admitting crimes

AN Ipswich man who offended to finance a lifestyle he could not afford on benefits has today been jailed.Unemployed John Millwood, 40, was jailed for 30 months as Ipswich Crown Court could not find a suitable alternative sentence.

AN Ipswich man who offended to finance a lifestyle he could not afford on benefits has today been jailed.

Unemployed John Millwood, 40, was jailed for 30 months as Ipswich Crown Court could not find a suitable alternative sentence.

Recorder Martin Griffith said Millwood, of Hyntle Close, had a long record of offending by dishonesty and has been in and out of prison after short sentences have been passed.

Michael Crimp, prosecuting, said on May 8 Millwood pulled a wooden board away from a glassless window in a Waterloo Road property and stole a man's wallet, a handbag and a mobile telephone.


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On June 4, the day Millwood had been released from custody after serving a short sentence for an earlier crime, he broke into a house in Westerfield Road. The householders were away on holiday when Millwood forced open the front door and stole a fax machine and two telephones.

Although Millwood pleaded guilty to committing the two burglaries, he continued to tell the probation officers he had not broke into either address.

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Ruby Hamid, mitigating, said the level of the burglaries was low and there were no aggravating features. She said: "These were unsophisticated burglaries by someone who is not a burglar."

Mr Griffith said the probation service did not believe a community penalty was suitable and Millwood's history proved that short prison sentences had no effect on him.

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