December 8 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
A burglar who stole a neighbour’s carpet before having it re-laid in his own home five doors away has been jailed.
Shaine Preston, of Secrets Close, Carlton Colville, near Lowestoft, was arrested after police found his DNA on a discarded latex glove which he left at the burgled bungalow.
The 26-year-old was sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment by Ipswich Crown Court yesterday after admitting burglary.
Prosecutor Catherine Bradshaw said the owner had left her home unoccupied after leaving the county.
At around 8.50pm on June 18 a neighbour heard a noise coming from the premises and contacted the owner, who alerted police.
When police arrived a bathroom window appeared to have been smashed with a brick, which was lying in the bath.
Carpet and underlay in the conservatory had been pulled up and stolen, along with a television, a remote control and other items.
The court heard a replacement carpet similar to that stolen was valued at £726, with the TV and remote costing nearly £194 to replace.
The carpet taken out of the conservatory after a key was found to a previously locked door.
When police arrested Preston, who has 13 aliases and numerous dishonesty convictions, he told them another man was involved.
Preston claimed he had been asked to help move an old carpet.
After taking it out of the property the man laid the carpet on the stairs and landing of Preston’s home, the court was told. Preston discarded the television in a nearby field.
However, he denied taking any of the other items stolen from the house, for which the contents could not be uninsured as it was unoccupied.
The court heard although Preston gave the name of the other man to police, he had not been charged.
Andrew Thompson, representing, Preston, said his unemployed client had been drinking on the night he was asked to help following the break-in.
Mr Thompson said: “He was somewhat at a loose end at the time of the offer. He was approached by an acquaintance he knew moderately well who indicated he needed help to move property from a building.
“The defendant’s address and this address were fairly close. He did go and get a latex glove from home in order to assist his acquaintance carrying it (the carpet) out.”
Sentencing Preston, Judge Rupert Overbury told him there had been extensive damage to the house as a result of the break-in.
He added: Breaking into other people’s homes whether they are unoccupied or not is a serious offence against the community. It affects other people’s lives. It affected the owner’s life in this case.”
Following Preston’s sentencing police confirmed his DNA had been left on a latex glove found at the burgled property.