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Burglar stole £1,000 from known victim in Chelmsley Wood

A BURGLAR has admitted stealing £1,000 of goods from the home of a Chelmsley Wood mum when he knew she would be at work.

A BURGLAR has admitted stealing £1,000 of goods from the home of a Chelmsley Wood mum when he knew she would be at work.

Paul Gibbs, who knew the victim through her ex-partner, entered her Glovers Croft home in the daytime between September 11 and 14, while she was at work, Solihull Magistrates Court heard.

Once there, Gibbs, of Bordesley Green East, Bordesley Green, proceeded to steal a camcorder, Nintendo 3DS console and games, Xbox and Wii games.

Malcolm Stoddart, prosecuting, said: “He deliberately targeted the dwelling. He knew it would be empty. (The complainant) went out to work in the day as usual, and secured the property. When she came back, she noticed the kitchen window was damaged. A pane had been taken out and replaced. She immediately thought Mr Gibbs could be involved.”

On discovering the items were missing, police were called and Gibbs’ fingerprints were found on the pane of glass. Several of the items were located at a nearby cash generator store which confirmed the defendant had deposited them for just £40, Mr Stoddart added.

The 24-year-old was arrested and told police he had committed the burglary to pay off a drug debt of £40.

John Derry, defending, said despite being targeted in nature, the offence ‘was not carried out with any spite.’

He added that damage during the forced entry had been minimal and some of the ‘relatively high value’ items had been recovered.

The case was adjourned until November 19 for pre-sentence reports to be prepared.

 

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