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Leeds burglar convicted for 13th time

Leeds burglar convicted for 13th time

A prolific burglar in Leeds has been convicted of stealing from people's homes for the 13th time.

Aaron Fowler has been sentenced to three years and two months in prison following his most recent break-in, which occurred at a student house in the Headingley area of the city, reports the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Fowler targeted the home in Becketts Park Drive in December along with his friend Mark Pankhurst, and they made off with a valuable haul. They took laptop computers and mobile phones that were believed to be worth in the region of £2,000.

It was far from Fowler's first offence, as at the time of the break-in in Headingley he was serving a suspended prison sentence for breaking into a garage. In court, it was also heard that he raided a property in Weetwood Avenue, Headingley in November.

On that occasion he made off with a loot worth more than £2,000, including the wedding ring of the occupant.

Judge Christopher Batty, commenting on the offence committed by the two men, said: "They were up at the crack of dawn and out looking for opportunities all day."

Fowler had already been given an eight-year sentence in 2000 for targeting homes in and around Leeds, while Ian Cook, acting on behalf of Pankhurst, admitted his client had a lengthy criminal record, although this was the first time he had been involved in a house burglary.

Pankhurst was given a 12-month prison sentence suspended for 18 months for his actions, while he was also made the subject of a supervision order.

Britons who are concerned about the threat posed by burglars operating in some of the country's largest cities are advised to take steps to enhance their security.

Investing in a home alarm system is one effective way to do this, while homeowners may also be wise to ensure their doors and windows are secure and they leave lights on when they go out at night.

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