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Third strike Stockton burglar jailed for 30 months
A THIRD strike burglar who broke into a flat while the owner was away has been jailed for 30 months.
James Robert Jones, 29, was drunk when he broke down the door of a flat in Baltic Road, Stockton, and stole a 40 inch television, bedding and a laptop with a broken screen.
Jones, of Hartington Road, Stockton, was on licence from prison from a previous burglary when he committed the latest offence on June 27.
David Crook, prosecuting, told Teesside Crown Court that Jones had initially denied the offence in police interview, even though his blood and fingerprints were found at the scene, but later pleaded guilty.
Jones has a criminal record dating back to 2000 for a number of acquisitive crimes, including four house burglaries, although for legal reasons he was classed as a third strike burglar.
David McGloin, mitigating, said Jones thought he had broken into a commercial building when he broke down the door but would have realised immediately that he was in someone’s home.
Mr McGloin said: “He behaves poorly and makes poor decisions when he has a drink. Drugs and alcohol have featured for a long time in his life.
“He knows that he has got to grow up and change his ways and only he can do that.”
Sentencing Jones to 30 months imprisonment, Judge Peter Armstrong said: “You are 29 years of age and you have already built up a substantial record of offending and you’ve been sent to prison on a number of occasions.
“You are still a young man, it’s now up to you. Get yourself clean and stay clean.”
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