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A house burglar who stole thousands of pounds worth of property was jailed for four-and-a-half years.

Carl David Gray admitted three daytime break-ins, and an attempted burglary, all in Leicester. Sentencing at the city's crown court, Judge Robert Brown said: "You're a repeat burglar of houses, with a bad record, and you're back here again. You've been undeterred by custodial sentences and are still committing burglaries. I recognise that you've made efforts to break your heroin addiction and that you have good family support."

Gray, of Bonney Road, New Parks, admitted burgling a house in Turner Street, in the city centre, on May 22, when three laptop computers, two passports, two Apple devices, a camera and wedding rings, totalling £4,000, were stolen. He also pleaded guilty to burglary on April 5, of a property in Eastleigh Road, off Narborough Road, when cash, jewellery, a Sony PlayStation and a camera, worth a total of £2,663, were stolen. Gray further admitted burgling student accommodation in Windermere Street, off Walnut Street, when a stole £10 from a money jar. He pleaded guilty to attempted burglary at a flat on London Road, in Leicester, on March 29 this year. After making an attempt to get in, he left empty-handed.

Kate Plummer, prosecuting, said the occupants were out when the break-ins happened and had returned home to find their property was missing. Gray left either DNA evidence and, or, his fingerprints at the four crime scenes, which led to his arrest. Miss Plummer said: "He's a third strike burglar twice over." In 2011 he was jailed for four years for burglary offences. James Varley, mitigating, said Gray spent two-and-a-half years weaning himself off heroin, got a job and was in a stable relationship. Earlier this year his resolve weakened and he resorted to drug use. Mr Varley said: "He wanted heroin and there was only one way to get it. These were daytime unoccupied dwellings and they aren't the worse house burglaries that you will have come across, Your Honour. It's accepted two of them were committed while he was on bail."

 Details from Leicester Mercury









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