Burglar jailed for four years


Jake Hall carried out scores of burglaries in and around his home town of Bishop's Stortford.

Property he took from the homes amounted to nearly £150,000.

After his arrest, he took police officers on a guided tour of homes he'd broken into.

But today at St Albans Crown Court, 31-year-old Hall, of Aspens in Bishop's Stortford, was jailed for four years.

He appeared in custody to admit four charges of burglary and possessing cannabis and shoplifting.

He asked for 98 break-ins to be taken into consideration.

Jeffrey Porter, prosecuting, told the court how, in April of last year, Hall was arrested for burglary and ended up being charged with three daytime house break-ins.

They concerned a burglary at a house in Stansted Road, Bishops Stortford on 10 December when jewellery was taken; another break-in in Nursery Road in the town last April when a coin collection and jewellery were stolen and a final burglary in Dell Lane, Little Hallingbury, when jewellery and electrical items were taken.

However, said Mr Porter, in an attempt to wipe the slate clean, Hall took police officers out showing them other properties he'd burgled since January 2010.

There were scores of break-ins, all committed during the day when the occupants had been out.

The court was told that at that stage Hall was considered as someone who might benefit by being placed on the Choices and Consequence programme, which is to help people who are offending because of an entrenched drug problem.

However, last June he was caught shoplifting from a Tesco store in Dunmow.

Mr Porter said he still remained on the programme, but in October last year he was arrested after being spotted by police behaving suspiciously in a van.

Found in the vehicle was 26 grams of cannabis resin and evidence linking him to a burglary in Husdon three weeks earlier.

The court heard Hall was the father of a young baby by his partner.

Passing sentence, Judge Andrew Bright QC jailed him for four years.

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