14:40 Monday 19 May 2014

Thief Thomas Gillett jailed for Cambridgeshire burglaries, including stealing from King's School Ely

Written byGARETH MCPHERSON

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A burglar with a heroin problem has been jailed for stealing from homes, businesses and a school across the Ely area.

Thomas Gillett, 27, relapsed after losing his job and went on a stealing spree, including getting into a teacher’s flat at King’s School Ely and taking an Apple laptop worth £2,000.

The father-of-three has been locked up for two years and 10 months after admitting two counts of burglary relating to Ely homes in Broad Street between February 21-23 and Barton Road on March 3.

They were committed while he was subject to a suspended sentence, imposed in June last year for possession with intent to supply £1,400 worth of heroin, part of which was activated.

Gillett, of The Row, Sutton, asked for four other dwelling and five non-dwelling burglaries, as well as the theft of a bicycle, to be taken into consideration.

Jacob Edwards, mitigating, said his client, a qualified bricklayer, was making “excellent” progress but relapsed when he lost his job at a distribution centre used by Fortnum and Mason because there was not enough work.

He said: “He appears to have genuine remorse for his behaviour with real regret for what he has put his victims through.”

Sara Walker, prosecuting, said Gillett has 24 previous convictions for 66 offences including burglary, aggravated vehicle taking, heroin possession and breaching community orders.

Judge Jonathan Haworth said immediate custody was the only option.

He said: “It is a catalogue of acquisitive burglaries causing significant loss to the victims, and in terms of the householders significant disruption and worry, and it has to be met by this court with a significant prison sentence because this was not one burglary it was a total of 11 offences.”

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