Burglar caught targeting underground carparks in Leeds

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A career burglar has been returned to jail after he was caught targeting underground carparks in Leeds city centre.

Mark Miller, 40, was sent to prison for 18 months over his latest spate of offences at Langtons Wharf and Wellington Street.

Leeds Crown Court heard Miller managed to gain access to the carpark on Langtons Wharf while it was closed to the public in the early hours of March 9 this year.

He used a spanner to smash the window of a Volkswagon car and stole items from inside the vehicle.

CCTV footage showed Miller in the carpark at the time of the break-in.

Miller was also caught on camera in a carpark on Wellington Street around 4am on May 5.

He could be seen trying to open car doors before forcing open a door to an office.

At the time of the offence he was the subject of a suspended sentence after admitting a spate of similar offences. One included a break-in at a carpark on Dock Street. He was also out of prison on licence and had been made the subject of a criminal behaviour order.

Miller, of Hemingway Garth, Hunslet, Leeds, pleaded guilty to two offences of burglary and two of breaching a criminal behaviour order. He has 45 previous convictions for 124 offences. Stuart Field, mitigating, said much of Miller’s offending was linked to an addiction to amphetamines.

Mr Field said Miller had pleaded guilty to the offences at an early stage and accepted he would be facing a custodial sentence. Recorder Richard Gioserano told Miller: “I can barely see that you have had a gap in your offending during your adult life other than the time you have spent in custody. It is time to reflect on how you want to spend the rest of your life.”