Leeds: Suspicious mum shops son over Russian laptop

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A MUM shopped her burglar son to police after she caught him with a Russian laptop he had stolen after breaking into a neighbour’s house.

A court was told Liam Bell’s mother became suspicious after she noticed foreign language on the piece of software.

Leeds Crown Court heard the victim of the break-in at the house in Belle Isle was from Russia.

Bell, 22, was sent to a young offenders institution for two years and eight months yesterday after he pleaded guilty to burglary.

The court heard Bell has a lengthy criminal record and was sentenced as a ‘three strike’ burglar.

Heather Weir, prosecuting, said Bell carried out the offence in the early hours of September 22 this year.

The victim was woken around 1.30am by the sound of her dog growling. She looked out of her window and saw two men standing outside the property.

She later discovered that her laptop and mobile phone were missing.

Police were called to Bell’s home the next day after his mother contacted them.

Mrs Weir said Bell, of West Grange Drive, Belle Isle, initially told his mother that the item had been stolen and he was planning to sell it.

Bell’s fingerprint was found on the window sill at the house from where the laptop was stolen. Bell refused to comment druring interview but later admitted the offence.

The court heard he has 28 convictions for 44 previous convictions including burglary and drug offences.

Kenton Sergeant, mitigating, said Bell had co-operated with police after his arrest and pleaded guilty at an early opportunity.

Mr Sergeant said Bell had reached into the property through the window and took the items.

He said the victim was not disturbed during the burglary but he accepted that the offence was aggravated by the fact that it was committed at night and he had an accomplice.

Jailing him, The Recorder of Leeds, judge Peter Collier, QC, said: “You have got a record that is quite extensive for someone of your age.

“This was clearly a serious offence and the court has abundant evidence of the community impact of burglaries in this city.”

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