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Burglar caught on CCTV back in prison

Preston Crown Court

Preston Crown Court

A man who strayed back into crime while on parole was caught out by CCTV when he burgled a Blackpool home.

The victim was away on holiday when Thomas Gray was filmed knocking on the back door of the address on Devonshire Road.

Gray, 21, of no fixed address, was given six months jail by a judge at Preston Crown Court.

He had pleaded guilty to the burglary which took place last October.

David Clarke, prosecuting, said the occupant had returned home to find to a rear window boarded up and a note from the police to say a burglary had taken place.

A rock from the back garden was in the address.

It went on to be discovered that a number of drawers upstairs had been gone through.

Four watches, two gold chains, a gold pendant and a bicycle, worth over a thousand pounds in all, had been taken.

The CCTV was handed to the police and it clearly showed Gray enter the garden, knock on the door, before walking away and speaking to another man.

A few minutes later he went to the rear garden.

Gray made no comments to questions put to him in police interview.

He had earlier been released from a 40 months youth custody sentence towards the middle of last year.

Milena Bennett, defending, said he knew that a prison sentence for the crime was probably inevitable.

The defendant said he had only been out on licence for three months.

She said: “He was living hand-to-mouth, staying at different people’s houses. He tried to turn his life around.

“He really wanted to find work. He was very short of money. He succumbed to temptation which he very much regrets.

“He understands the impact of his actions upon other people, especially regarding burglary. At the time he felt he had no choice. He didn’t even have money to buy himself food”.

Judge Andrew Woolman told Gray as he passed sentence: “You seem to have been on a self destruction path, deciding to commit offences rather than try to sort your life out”.

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