Prolific burglar is jailed for five years

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A prolific burglar who ransacked a child’s bedroom while raiding a house in Louth has been jailed for five years at Lincoln Crown Court.

Martin Edward Fox used a paving slab to smash a rear window at the property in Swallow Drive, Louth.

Chris Geeson, prosecuting, said Fox, who was with an accomplice, stole an Xbox and games from the room and then went into the householder’s bedroom and stole jewellery and a netbook computer.

The raid was discovered when the occupier returned from work to find the window smashed and the bedrooms in a state of disarray.

Mr Geeson said “She went upstairs to her son’s bedroom and found his Xbox and a vast quantity of games and other items had been taken. Aside of that the room had been ransacked.

“She then went into her own bedroom and saw a similar scene. Drawers had been opened and things had been thrown on the bed. Jewellery had been taken.”

Fox later sold some of the stolen goods to a Cash Converters shop. He was identified from CCTV footage taken at the shop.

Mr Geeson told the court that Fox had 14 previous convictions for house burglary dating back to 1990.

The prosecutor said “He is a prolific burglar.”

Fox, 41, of Tunnard Street, Grimsby, admitted the burglary which took place 
on March 13 this year.

Judge Michael Heath told him “Your record is appalling. Burglary of dwelling houses has been a large part of your life if not as way of life for you. There can be only one sentence and it is custody.”

Michael Cranmer-Brown, defending, said “The principal mitigation is that the defendant has pleaded guilty.

“He has had problems with heroin over the years. He was released from his last sentence about a year before this offence took place and he had been complying with the terms of his licence.

“On this day he carried out another burglary. His need for money to buy heroin was the reason he did it... He realises he has to change.”