Burglar jailed for 30 months - St Albans

02/01/2014

Burglar Jason Dey was jailed for 30 months today, Thursday, 02 January 2014, after breaking into a house in Waltham Abbey and stealing jewellery of great sentimental value.

Among the items stolen by Dey, 24, of Stevenage, was the victim's engagement ring. He had forced open the front door of the home in Eagle Close and carried out a messy search, during which he took the jewellery and electrical goods.  But he was identified as the burglar after he left a fingerprint on an envelope as he rifled through paperwork, St Albans Crown Court heard.

Prosecutor Helen Guest said: "The victim was very upset and distressed. She came home from a long weekend to find her possessions everywhere. The jewellery that was stolen was of sentimental value. The loss of her engagement ring caused her the most upset."

She said the victim valued the property taken in the burglary, which happened between 27 September and 02 October last year, at £6,400.

In his basis of plea to the court, Dey said he believed the value of the burglary was only £4,000, but the case proceeded after Recorder Patrick Fields said the disagreement would not affect his sentence.

Dey of Mendip Way, Stevenage, admitted burglary. He had two previous convictions for domestic burglary. He also pleaded guilty to theft of a 14 year old boy's mobile phone at a party in Stevenage. He sold the iPhone for £140 to a dealer in Stevenage on 10 August. He admitted two charges of travelling on a train without £3.70 tickets on 22 and 29 July.

Alex Graham, defending, said: "When he carried out the burglary he acted alone and he has no idea why he did it. He has described his actions as stupid and is remorseful." He said Dey also apologised for taking the boy's phone. He had travelled without a ticket because he had no money.

Mr Graham said Dey had been supported by the Prince's Trust and wanted to start an apprenticeship for underground construction work. He asked the judge to pass a suspended sentence, so he could attend college.  But Recorder Fields sent him straight to prison saying he had taken items of "real sentimental value" in the burglary. He described the theft of the iPhone as a "nasty offence."

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