Unlucky thirteen for prolific Leeds house burglar

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A PROLIFIC crook has been locked up after being convicted of house burglary for the thirteenth time.

Aaron Fowler was sentenced to three years and two months in jail after he targeted a student house in Headingley, Leeds.

Fowler and his friend Mark Pankhurst targeted the property on Becketts Park Drive on December 14 last year.

The pair stole laptop computers and mobile phones worth around £2,000.

Police were alerted to the break-in and chased the men. The stolen items were found in a nearby garden.

At the time of the offence Fowler, of Delph Mount, Woodhouse, Leeds, was serving a suspended prison sentence for breaking into a garage.

The court heard Pankhurst also carried out a burglary at a house on Weetwood Avenue, Headingley, on November 28.

He stole electrical items and jewellery, including a wedding ring, worth over £2,000.

Pankhurst, also of Delph Mount, Woodhouse, cut himself and left blood at the scene which was later used to link him to the offence.

Officers went to arrest Pankhurst at his home over the break-in and he said: “I knew this was coming. I have been sat here waiting for you. The Job Centre stopped my money and I was forced to go grafting.”

Pankhurst had been released on bail when he committed the offence on Becketts Park Drive with Fowler. Pankhurst, 37, pleaded guilty to two offences of burglary. Fowler, 35, pleaded guilty to an offence of burglary and one of breach of a suspended sentence order.

Lawyers for both men said the offences were linked to their long-standing addictions to heroin and crack cocaine.

The court heard Fowler has served many sentences for targeting homes in the city. In 2000 he received an eight-year sentence.

Ian Cook, for Pankhurst, said his client had a lengthy criminal record but it was the first time he had committed house burglaries.

Pankhurst was given a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months and made the subject of a supervision order.

Referring to their offences, judge Christopher Batty said: “They were up at the crack of dawn and out looking for opportunities all day.”

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