Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

BURGLAR LOCKED UP FOR 10 YEARS; Man Admits Catalogue of Crimes to Court

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

BURGLAR LOCKED UP FOR 10 YEARS; Man Admits Catalogue of Crimes to Court

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Byline: SOPHIE BARLEY

A PROLIFIC burglar was jailed for 10 years after admitting carrying out 55 burglaries in 15 months.

Gary Burgess, 46, was described by judge Peter Bowers as a "professional burglar" after admitting the catalogue of offences in court.

One of the burglaries highlighted the dangers of stealing metal, which is becoming increasingly popular with thieves, after a man was blown up while he and Burgess tried to pinch copper cables.

Burgess, of Hutton Road, Middlesbrough, has been in and out of prison in the past for burglary offences and he now finds himself back behind bars after appearing at Teesside Crown Court. Burgess was only charged with two burglaries but he admitted to 55 other offences as he "wanted to get it off his chest".

He was jointly charged with John Young, 33, for burglary involving the copper cables which led to a fire at Normanby Hall Nursing Home in Normanby Hall Park.

Judge Bowers told Burgess: "You were jailed for seven years in 1996 for burglary and four-and-a-half years in 2005.

"I accept that you are trying to clean your slate with this. You have admitted 55 offences of burglary or attempted burglary over a period of 12 to 15 months.

"The number of houses that you have entered and the number of people whose lives you have affected is incalculable." Detective Inspector Mark Dimelow, from Cleveland Police, said the sentence means that "one more prolific burglar has been taken off the streets".

Julian Gaskin, mitigating for Burgess, said his client "wishes to apologise to his victims".

He said Burgess admitted to the other offences because he wanted to "wipe the slate clean" and "provide closure for his victims".

The court heard that on January 23 this year Burgess and Young entered the old Normanby Hall Nursing Home which has been derelict since 2007. …

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