Leeds burglar caught after leaving phone at scene of break-in

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A burglar who broke into the business premises where he used to work and stole £1,000 of property was caught after leaving his mobile phone at the scene.

Stuart Best, 26, was arrested after the phone was discovered on an office floor and was found to contain pictures of him with his girlfriend and texts from his mum.

A court heard Best broke into Urban Living, on Headingley Lane, Leeds, and stole four plasma screen TVs and a computer monitor.

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He also caused £1,600 of damage after kicking three doors down to get to the property.

Best’s blood was also found on a wall. Best was arrested after the burglary, which took place in July last year, but then stole charity boxes from the counter of a Chinese takeaway on North Lane.

Best ran into the takeaway and grabbed the boxes, which were to raise money for the blind and disabled three months later, on September 20.

He was on bail at the time of that offence. Police was called and Best was arrested after being chased.

In a separate spate of offences, Best stole a car from the St John’s Ambulance, while he was working as a fundraiser for the charity.

At the time of all the offence he was subject to a suspended sentence for perverting the course of justice.

Best, of Waterloo Lane, Bramley, pleaded guilty to burglary, theft, driving while disqualified, taking a vehicle without consent, having no insurance and breach of a suspended sentence order.

Stephen Smithson, mitigating, said Best was still struggling to cope with a troubled upbringing. He added: “He went on to commit further offences because of his drug difficulties.” Best was jailed for two and a half years.

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