Suspended sentence invoked for burglar

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AN ALCOHOLIC burglar who failed to let probation services monitor his movements has been jailed.

Robert Thompson, 54, was convicted of burgling a home in Leeds last year and was handed an eight month suspended sentence and a curfew order.

But Thompson failed to attend a meeting with the probation service to fit electronic monitoring equipment in his home at Shay Lane, Halifax.

Bradford Crown Court heard how Thompson and another man had smashed the window of a house on Bodmin Road, Leeds, at 8.30pm on October 28.

They stole £500 worth of jewellery, a £200 Sky TV box and £50 worth of items including a bottle of Jack Daniels’ bourbon.

The owners of the house returned to find Thompson hanging out of the living room window.

After they made a citizen’s arrest the second man became aggressive and the burglars fled to a house further up the road.

Police arrested the men later that night and recovered all the items except the jewellery.

Thompson told police after his arrest: “It’s banged to rights now that you’ve found the stuff.”

The jewellery has never been recovered after Thompson’s accomplice promised police they would never find it.

The court heard that Thompson had missed the meeting to fit the monitoring box because of his alcohol problems.

His honour Judge James Stewart QC decided to invoke the suspended sentence and ruled Thompson would spend the next eight months in prison.

He said: “You have been given too many chances

“I hope you dry out while you are in custody.”