Burglar jailed after phone dropped at Harwich break-in reveals his identity through Facebook

John Humphreys, 29, of Clayton Road, Ramsey. Picture: ESSEX POLICE

John Humphreys, 29, of Clayton Road, Ramsey. Picture: ESSEX POLICE - Credit: Archant

A burglar has been jailed for a year after he was identified through the Facebook account on his mobile which he dropped while stealing from an address.

The break-in happened in Ingestre Street, Harwich, at around 10.45am on Sunday, November 5.

The victim heard a knock at her front door and, after not answering, heard a noise on her conservatory roof and then from an upstairs bedroom.

A short time later she heard another noise on her conservatory roof and saw a man run down her garden and jump over a gate.

A few minutes later the victim’s husband arrived home and, after looking around the garden, found a black Samsung mobile phone.


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The phone was unlocked and opened up onto the Facebook page of John Humphreys

The victim later told police that, over the course of a number of months, a number of items of jewellery had gone missing from her home.

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During a search of Humphreys’ house a number of the victim’s possessions were found.

It was also revealed Humphreys had tried to sell items to another person.

Humphreys, 29, of Clayton Road, Ramsey, was arrested on November 8 on suspicion of burglary.

He was charged with burglary and handling stolen goods.

At Ipswich Crown Court on Thursday, December 7, he admitted both offences and was jailed for a total of 12 months.

A judge sentenced him to one year for burglary, and four months for handling stolen goods, with the sentences to run concurrently.

Detective constable Bernadette White, investigating officer, said: “This was a brazen burglary in broad daylight in a residential area.

“John Humphreys has little regard for other people’s property and I’m glad we’ve been able to take him off the streets.

“Due to the evidence against him he had little choice other than to admit his offences and I hope he’ll use his time in prison to reflect on his actions.”

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