Professional burglar made schoolboy error

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A BURGLAR’S crime spree came to an end thanks to an eagle-eyed schoolboy who spotted him cruising around the streets looking for houses to break into.

Aiden Parkinson, 23, was jailed for two years and 10 months after pleading guilty to a series of offences at houses in the Ossett, Batley and Dewsbury areas of West Yorkshire.

Parkinson was also caught growing 10 cannabis plants when police searched his home on Abbey Road, Batley. Leeds Crown Court heard Parkinson was involved in five offences on March 9 this year. A youngster saw Parkinson driving two men in his Vauxhall Corsa along Grasmere Road, Hanging Heaton, around 6.50pm.

The pair tried to break into a house on the street and the youngster took down the registration details of the vehicle.

He then went home and told his mum and police were called.

In the meantime Parkinson was involved in a burglary at another home nearby on Ullswater Road. Earlier the same evening three properties had also been targeted in the Ossett area.

Parkinson was arrested later that evening when police spotted his car. Four months before the incident, on December 16 last year, Parkinson was arrested after officers discovered the cannabis plants at his home.

The court heard he also admitted his involvement in a burglary at a house on Mallam Drive, Batley, in December 2011, in which digital cameras and jewellery were stolen.

Parkinson pleaded guilty to two offences of burglary, four of attempted burglary, producing cannabis and driving while disqualified.

Robin Frieze, mitigating, said Parkinson took part in the offences in March this year because he was desperately short of money. Judge Geoffrey Marson, QC, said: “This was a planned expedition. This was verging on professional attempts to commit burglary.”

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