Stolen phone led police to home of prolific Leeds burglar

Shaun Turner.
Shaun Turner.
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A PROLIFIC burglar has been jailed for four years and eight months for his latest spree of offences across Leeds.

Shaun Turner was caught after he stole a mobile phone from a house in Cross Gates and he used it to make calls on after carrying out the break-in.

The phone was traced to his home on Stanks Drive and items stolen during break-ins at homes in the city were recovered

Police were able to link him to the burglary of a house on Pendas Way, Cross Gates, which belonged to an 84-year-old woman.

The woman, who had lived at the property for over 60 years, was left badly shaken as she returned home at night to find Turner in her home.

He left with expensive jewellery. Turner also stole gold jewellery belonging to a child when he broke into a house on Dewsbury Road, Beeston. He took jewellery from another night time raid on a house on Allenby Road, Beeston.

Turner, 33, pleaded guilty to three offences of burglary, one of attempted burglary, two of handling stolen goods and asked the court to take four further similar offences of burglary into consideration. Turner has 34 convictions for burglary dating back to 1996. He was out of prison on licence for burglary when he committed his latest offences. Simon Alexander, mitigating, said Turner had been determined to start a new life after he had been released from his last sentence and had managed to find a job as a forklift truck driver.

Mr Alexander said Turner lost the job when he was arrested and kept in custody over other matters. After his release he returned to his old ways of abusing drugs. Jailing Turner, judge Geoffrey Marson, QC, said: “The time is going to come where you are going to have to rid yourself of your drug habit or spend your life going in and and out of prison.

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