Boxing Day burglar who stole skeleton identified by ‘distinctive’ bald patch
PUBLISHED: 13:22 12 April 2018 | UPDATED: 15:29 12 April 2018
A burglar who stole antiques from a couple’s home was identified by his ‘distinctive’ bald patch, a court heard.
Mark Robinson spent an hour searching through the property in Great Dunham in the early hours of Boxing Day last year.
The 52-year-old, of London Street, Swaffham, left with £1,570 worth of antiques - including an orthopaedic skeleton.
But Norwich Crown Court heard on Thursday, April 12, how he had been caught on CCTV cameras around the home.
And when the owners watched the footage, they realised he was someone they knew through car boot sales.
John Morgans, prosecuting, said: “They noticed a distinctive bald patch on the burglar and the more they analysed the CCTV, the more they came to suspect it was someone known to them.”
Robinson initially denied the burglary when he was confronted by the couple at a second-hand shop in Swaffham.
But when he invited them to his home to try and prove his innocence, the couple spotted a pair of trainers worn by the burglar.
Mr Morgans said Robinson confessed to the crime. He then took the couple to a shed in Coronation Grove where the items were stored.
“The items included electrical goods, antiques and an orthopaedic skeleton,” Mr Morgans said.
When police arrived they also found a heater in the shed which was stolen from the White Hart pub in Thetford between October 20 and December 29.
Robinson told police he had “something against” one of the victims.
He claimed the victim purchased items belonging to his mother, who died 10 years ago, “under value”, the court heard.
Mr Morgan said on the night of the burglary, Robinson took sleeping pills and visited his mother’s grave.
He said Robinson, who has no previous convictions, then took “other drugs” and went to the property while the owners were asleep inside.
During the burglary, he caused around £2,200 worth of damage, the court heard.
Stephen Spence, mitigating, said Robinson, who pleaded guilty to the burglary and heater theft, is a man of previous good character.
Judge Stephen Holt sentenced him to 21 months in prison, suspended for two years. Robinson was also given a four-month curfew from 7pm to 6am.
Judge Holt said any compensation claim will need to go through a civil court.