Serial burglar took police on tour of break-ins

Published date: 09 December 2013 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A MAN has been jailed for three years for what a judge described as a campaign of burglary.

Michael David Brown, 35, made “a clean breast of it” and took police officers on a tour of the region, pointing out properties he had burgled.

Brown, of no fixed abode, but whose father lives in Deeside, admitted a charge of house burglary at Overton and an attempted burglary at Buckley.

He also asked for a further 11 burglaries and attempted burglaries to be taken into consideration when he appeared at Mold Crown Court.

Judge Rhys Rowlands was told that Brown had been “recalled” to prison for being in breach of his release licence.

His previous convictions meant that he was “a three-striker” facing a statutory minimum sentence of three years.

He had only been released from prison for five weeks when he committed a whole series of burglaries and attempted burglaries at houses and sheds in the North East Wales area, causing misery to victims.

The judge said the defendant received a 42-month sentence in March last year for previous burglary and was released on licence in September of this year.

He had been at liberty for five weeks when he committed the new offences in order to get money for drugs.

“It’s an appalling thing to break into people’s home at night. They never feel safe again,” Judge Rowlands told him.

Drugs were at the root of his offending and only he knew if he was serious when he said that he wished to tackle the problem.

Brown admitted burglary at a house in Overton on October 17 when a laptop, a handbag, and cash to a total value of £1,200 were taken.

Brown admitted attempted burglary at a house in Church Road, Buckley, on October 25, and going equipped to steal. But a charge of possessing a lock knife at Buckley, which he denied, was allowed to remain on the file.

David Mainstone said that a couple were asleep at their home in Overton and when they got up in the morning they found the patio door open and the property stolen.

Included in the haul were irreplaceable family photographs which were on a computer.

The female in the house had been badly affected, no longer felt safe in her own home and had spent £600 on a burglar alarm and a CCTV security system as a direct result of what had taken place.

At Buckley the victim was left with a feeling of insecurity after he returned home to find that an attempt had been made to get in through a window.

The offences taken into consideration involved eight house burglaries or attempted burglaries, and three other break-ins.

When first arrested he made no comment – but then he asked to see officers again and made “a clean breast of it”.

He even took officers on a tour of the area to show them the properties he’d burgled.

Defending barrister Andrew Green said that his client appreciated that he faced an inevitable lengthy custodial sentence.

The offences had been committed quite soon after his release from prison where he was serving a 42-month sentence for earlier offences including burglary.

“He has been recalled,” he explained.

But the defendant now had a different approach to life, and was in a different place to where he was before.

His addiction to class ‘A’ drugs in his adult life had taken him on a continuous cycle of crime and punishment.

His last sentence was lengthy but he had re-offended very quickly on his release.

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