A prolific burglar behind a spate of break-ins in Solihull has been jailed for almost nine years after police found him hiding in an attic.
Officers, acting on a ‘tip off’ from a member of the public, swooped on the address in Kitts Green to find Joseph Moore ‘cowering’ in the corner of the loft space.
It’s the second time police had arrested the 23-year-old in connection with at least 12 burglaries – many in Solihull and at addresses in Edgbaston and Kings Heath – over a six month period from August 2011.
He had previously been arrested in January, after an off-duty police officer spotted him in Charingworth Road, Elmdon.
However, Moore skipped court as his trial came to a conclusion at Warwick Crown Court on July 17 when the judge granted him bail to be with his partner and their newborn child.
He was convicted in his absence of conspiracy to commit burglary and, at Coventry Crown Court last Tuesday (December 11), was sentenced to eight years and eight months imprisonment.
Investigating officer, DC David Bailey, said: “Moore is a man who created untold misery for many residents across the region, smashing his way into homes and stealing cars and valuables.
“He’d previously been granted bail by offering the court a sob story about how he’d recently become a father – but it was simply an excuse to try and avoid justice.”
Moore, formerly of Reservoir Road in Olton, was involved in burglaries at Merstal Drive, Damsonwood, Foxland Close, Shirley, Norton Lane, Earlswood, Old Station Road, Hampton-in-Arden and Buckminster Drive, Dorridge.