Teen burglar jailed after stealing �6k of property

A DRUG user who stole property worth more than �6,000 during two burglaries at houses in Felixstowe has been jailed for 12 months.

Jane Hunt

A DRUG user who stole property worth more than �6,000 during two burglaries at houses in Felixstowe has been jailed for 12 months.

Ashley Bostock, 19, committed the daytime burglaries after being told by friends that it was “easy money”, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

The first burglary took place on October 1 at a house in Tarn Hows Close while the owners and their children were out, said Michael Crimp, prosecuting.


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Among items stolen from the property were laptop computers, televisions and jewellery with a total value of more than �4,000.

Mr Crimp said that in a victim personal statement the homeowner said that since the burglary his children had been scared to be left in a room on their own and followed their parents if they went upstairs.

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“He said the burglary had changed the lives of members of his family,” said Mr Crimp.

The second burglary happened on the same day at a house in Landsdowne Road and on this occasion electrical equipment and jewellery worth �2,250 was stolen.

The court heard that a neighbour of one of the burgled homes took down the registration number of a car after noticing someone loading televisions into it.

Within a few hours a policeman spotted the car in Felixstowe and when officers went to a nearby house they found the stolen property and arrested a number of men including Bostock.

Initially Bostock denied being involved in the two burglaries but had later returned to the police station and confessed to being involved in them.

Bostock, of no fixed address admitted two burglaries and possessing cannabis and was sentenced to 12 months detention in a young offenders' institution.

Bostock told the court that since being remanded in custody last month he had been trying to come off drugs and wanted to sort his life out.

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