‘Stupid and impulsive’ burglar spared jail despite record of 100 offences

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A CRIMINAL with a long record for burglary has been spared jail after carrying out a garage raid.

Robin Durrant, 42, who has over 100 offences on his rap sheet, made off with bike, frozen meat and tools, worth £1,000.

He was caught after leaving his finger print on a tool box.

Durrant, raided the garage, which was attached to the house in Chelston Close, Hartlepool, overnight on September 4 and 5 last year.

It was discovered after the home owner’s son, whose bike was stolen, noticed the garage door ajar.

Martin Towers, prosecuting at Teesside Crown Court, said: “A quantity of frozen meat valued at £300 had been taken in its entirety.

“The son’s bicycle, worth £700, was also taken and so was a router and some tools worth about £50.

“The defendant’s finger prints were recovered from the router box.”

A police officer also spotted Durrant and another man in the area at around 1.15am.

Durrant originally denied the garage burglary and accounted for his finger print by saying he must have touched the box when it was on sale in the shop.

But he later admitted burglary when he appeared at court.

Martin Scarborough, mitigating, said it marked Durrant’s first burglary since he was jailed for 39 months back in 2008.

Mr Scarborough said: “He had an addiction to heroin which led to a number of dishonesty matters including a number of burglaries.

“On this occasion he was in drink. He accepts full responsibility, he accepts he was stupid and impulsive.

“Since his release from the sentence in October 2008 his offending has clearly slowed down.”

Durrant, of Stephen Street, Hartlepool, was given six months suspended for 12 months with probation supervision.

He will also be subject to a three month curfew between 7pm and 7am to keep him off the streets at night.

The judge, Recorder Sarah Mallett, said: “You sail very close to the wind on this.

“I am going to give you the opportunity to work on the improvements you have made.”