A bungling burglar was caught red-handed after he carried out a break-in while wearing an electronic tag which meant police could easily track him to the crime scene.

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Richard Almaraoui, 33, stole a student’s laptop from her flat in Chapelfield Court in Norwich and then wiped the information from the stolen computer, Norwich Crown Court heard.

But Robert Warner prosecuting said that when police recovered the laptop from Almaraoui’s address they were soon able to track him down as being the burglar as his tag which keep tabs on all his movements revealed him visiting the address from where the computer was stolen.

The court heard that Almaraoui, who commits burglaries to feed his drug habit was also in breach of a suspended jail sentence when he carried out the latest break-in.

Almaraoui, of Humbletoft Road, Dereham, admitted the burglary and asked for five similar offences to be taken into consideration.

Jailing him for five years, Judge Stephen Holt warned him that if he continued to offend in this way his sentences would get longer and longer.

“You continually break-in to people’s homes causing a large amount of distress and fear.”

He accepted that he had a difficult background and drug problems but said: “The only person that can stop you taking drugs is you.”

Michael Clare, for Almaraoui, said that he had stopped taking drugs while on remand and wanted to make a fresh start.

He also deserved full credit for his guilty plea.

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