Fresh out of custody, man steals again

AN Ipswich man has been found guilty of stealing from his friend just nine days after being released from a young offenders institute.Christopher Crabtree, 19, of Kingsley Guest House, London Road, denied the theft of computer games, compact discs and an electric razor from Christopher Payne, who he stayed with at his Fonnereau Road home last June.

AN Ipswich man has been found guilty of stealing from his friend just nine days after being released from a young offenders institute.

Christopher Crabtree, 19, of Kingsley Guest House, London Road, denied the theft of computer games, compact discs and an electric razor from Christopher Payne, who he stayed with at his Fonnereau Road home last June.

However, an Ipswich Crown Court jury found the trainee gym instructor unanimously guilty of stealing the £108 worth of goods from his friend who had put him up when he was jobless and homeless.

The court heard Crabtree had only been released from a young offenders institute nine days before the offence and still had 129 days of unexpired licence remaining after he was convicted of burglary, theft and criminal damage last year and sentenced to nine months.


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Judge Peter Thompson ordered a pre-sentence report and released Crabtree on conditional bail until February 14 when he is due to be sentenced.

Crabtree, whose partner is currently pregnant, was warned he was likely to be recalled to prison to serve part or all of his unexpired licence.

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