A MAN who ‘lives his life by crime’ has been jailed for five years following his sixth conviction for house burglaries.
Robert Palmer (34) of Dormer House, Warwick Road, Solihull, pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to three charges of burglary at houses in Solihull.
He also asked for five further offences to be taken into consideration and admitted being in breach of a community sentence.
Prosecutor Charles Gardner said that in March, despite his record, Palmer was given the community sentence when he appeared at Wolverhampton Crown Court for his fifth burglary conviction. But at night on July 10 he broke into a house in Nanston Road, Solihull, and stole a TV and other property worth around £600. The following day Palmer broke into a house in Bartley Close, Solihull, and escaped with property worth £800. On the same day he broke into a house in Greyfort Crescent, Solihull.
However, he left empty handed when confronted by the householder who was asleep upstairs.
Judge Marten Coates said: “He is 34 and has declared himself as someone who is going to live his life by crime.”
Arvind Sharma, defending, said Palmer had a heroin and cocaine addiction going back 15 years.
He had been given a community order because the Judge took into account that treatment had left him drug-free.