Jailed: Burglar caught red-handed with jewellery in pockets

Nicholas Jewellers, in Colchester's High Street, was the scene of a bungled burglary on July 14 Pict

Nicholas Jewellers, in Colchester's High Street, was the scene of a bungled burglary on July 14 Picture: GOOGLE MAPS - Credit: GOOGLE MAPS

A burglar caught red-handed with pockets full of jewellery will spend six months behind bars.

Early on Sunday, July 14, police were called after CCTV operators spotted a break-in in Nicholas Jewellers in High Street, Colchester.

When officers got to the scene they found 48-year-old Phillip Spicer inside, caught with his hand inside a jewellery cabinet. Jewellery boxes were found scattered on the floor.

He was arrested and taken into custody. While at the police station, officers found £270 worth of jewellery in his pockets.

Spicer, who lives in Monkwick Avenue, Colchester, pleaded guilty to burglary at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court on Monday, July 15.

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He was jailed for six months for the burglary and for committing the offence while subject of a community order.

Councillor Michael Lilley, Colchester Borough Council's portfolio holder for communities, wellbeing and public safety, said: "CCTV is one of the many ways we tackle issues such as crime and anti-social behaviour in the town centre.

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"Not only does CCTV make people feel safe, the cameras act as a deterrent and the footage captured can be critical to prosecutions.

"In this instance, our CCTV operators spotted the break-in at the jewellers, alerted the police, who were able to respond and arrest the subject.

"Through this strong partnership with Essex Police and other partners, we want to create a Better Colchester that promises a safer and crime-free town centre that people can enjoy."

District commander Chief Inspector Rob Huddleston said: "This was a great example of partners working together in Colchester to keep the town safe and bring criminals to justice."

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