Felixstowe: Burglar raided same flat twice, court hears

A BURGLAR stole a television from a neighbour’s flat and went back two days later to pinch a stack of CDs and DVDs, it has been alleged.

Luke Anderson had been living in a second floor flat in Bath Road, Felixstowe for about three weeks when he allegedly forced open the door of his neighbour Ian Howard’s flat and stole a 22-inch flat screen on March 27, Ipswich Crown Court was told.

Two days later, on March 29, he entered the flat again and this time stole DVDs and CDs, said Michael Crimp, prosecuting.

Mr Howard returned from work on both days to find his flat had been entered although he didn’t report the first alleged break-in until after the second alleged burglary had taken place.

Mr Crimp said that on the day the television was stolen from Mr Howard’s flat police officers recovered it from the home of Anderson’s mother.

On March 30 officers searched Anderson’s flat and found three of the CDs that had been stolen during the alleged burglary at Mr Howard’s flat the day before.

Anderson, 21, of Capel Drive, Felixstowe, has denied two offences of burglary.

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Giving evidence, he admitted he had six previous convictions for dwelling house burglaries between 2007 and 2010.

He told the court he had pleaded guilty to those burglaries because he had been responsible for them.

He said he had pleaded not guilty to the current alleged offences because he hadn’t committed them.

Anderson told the court that he had bought the television for �40 from someone he knew and had taken it round to his mother’s house and tried to sell it to her for �60.

He said that when he bought the television it had been in a rucksack and when he took the rucksack back to his flat he found the three CDs which had been found in his flat by police.

He denied breaking into his neighbour’s flat and said the communal door to the flats had often been left open during the day.

The trial continues today.