Man who burgled 20 homes left stash in a garage to steal on another day, court hears
PUBLISHED: 18:50 19 February 2018 | UPDATED: 15:57 20 February 2018
A burglar who targeted empty homes in North Norfolk to steal jewellery and valuables worth more than £40,000 was called a “menace” by a judge, who jailed him for four years.
Gary Moore, 37, burgled homes in Sheringham, Holt and Hoveton and in one raid alone stole jewellery worth more than £30,000, Norwich Crown Court heard.
Moore, of Cromer Road, Sheringham, admitted four counts of burglary. He also asked for 16 other offences to be taken into consideration by the court. They also took place in North Norfolk including Holt, Sheringham, Aldborough, Brinton and Field Dalling between February 2017 and November 2017.
Philip Farr, prosecuting, said high-value items were taken in the burglaries along with items of great sentimental value such as family jewellery and in impact statements the owners all said the stolen items were often irreplaceable.
He said the homes were targeted while the owners were away or on holiday and in one case he had even piled items in a garage hoping to return to take more valuables.
Mr Farr said that many of the stolen items had not been recovered.
He said one owner said they had felt “hurt and violated” by the break-in and described how the burglary had an “emotional” impact on them.
He said some of the valuables stolen also included antiques and collectables, which one loser found on sale at a second-hand shop, in Norwich, and informed police.
Mr Farr said another of the burglaries targeted a home of a terminally ill woman, who was away getting treatment.
Jailing him for four years, Judge Katharine Moore said that Moore was a “greedy” man who had made a habit of stealing to fund his lifestyle.
She told Moore: “You have proved yourself to be a menace.”
She said that on his release she hoped his risk would be managed to prevent him re-offending otherwise she warned his sentences would only get longer.
John Morgans, for Moore, said he felt ashamed of his actions.
He said that he had been taking drugs and gambling at the time he committed the offences but since on remand had managed to become drug free.
“He wants to wipe the slate clean so when he is released there is nothing hanging over his head.”