Serial St Leonards burglar with more than 30 convictions jailed

Serial burglar with more than 30 convictions jailed

Serial burglar with more than 30 convictions jailed

First published in News

A serial burglar with more than 30 convictions has been jailed for 16 weeks after a purse was stolen during a break-in.

On 24 June an intruder entered a home in All Saints Lane, Bexhill, and took a purse containing cash and bank cards.

The residents were in the property but had left their front door open so their dog could go into their garden when the burglar struck.

Graham Brook, 43, was later arrested and pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods when he appeared at Brighton Magistrates' Court.

Mr Brook, of Arbourvale, St Leonards, was jailed for 16 weeks after magistrates were told about his lengthy criminal record.

Detective Inspector Ian Williams said that the conviction is another success for Operation Magpie, the force's crackdown on burglars across the county.

DI Williams said: "Brook is a serial offender who has committed a string of burglaries across the area so him being jailed is a very positive result for Operation Magpie.

"He has more than 30 convictions for burglary so getting him out of Bexhill is good news for the local community."

Others arrested as part of the operation include a 15-year-old boy for a burglary in Oak Grove, Bognor Regis, on June 12, in which cash, a watch and an iPad were stolen along with bottles of alcohol and DIY equipment.

The boy was also arrested over a robbery on June 27 during which a 17-year-old boy on a bicycle was punched in the face in Yapton Road, Barnham, by someone who then stole the bike and rode away on it.

He was released on bail until August 16.

Reece Scott, 18, was charged with a burglary at a home in Hillcrest Road, Newhaven, on May 28 when cash, a camera and a mobile phone were stolen. Scott, of Hillcrest Road, Newhaven, will appear at Brighton Magistrates' Court on July 17.

Matthew Smart, 25, was charged with a burglary at a home in Seaside, Eastbourne, in May when cash, a camera and two electric guitars were stolen.

Smart, of no fixed address, will appear at Hastings Magistrates' Court on August 20.

Anyone with information about burglaries should call 101 or email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk.

If you see or hear a burglary taking place call 999 immediately.

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6:14pm Fri 11 Jul 14

leftysmellbags says...

Wat a cant
Wat a cant leftysmellbags
  • Score: 8

6:22pm Fri 11 Jul 14

homewood says...

Why did it take 30 offences before being jailed. Surely second offence should be custodial sentence. .
Why did it take 30 offences before being jailed. Surely second offence should be custodial sentence. . homewood
  • Score: 26

7:51pm Fri 11 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

A whole 16 weeks??

That'll teach him!
A whole 16 weeks?? That'll teach him! stevo!!
  • Score: 17

8:45pm Fri 11 Jul 14

NickBrt says...

16 weeks? That will scxare him s***less!
16 weeks? That will scxare him s***less! NickBrt
  • Score: 12

8:54pm Fri 11 Jul 14

hubby says...

Looks like he "Fell down some stairs into a door."
Looks like he "Fell down some stairs into a door." hubby
  • Score: 2

10:55pm Fri 11 Jul 14

greeg3 says...

Another waster/loser/burglar
.What's his is his,what's yours is his !
Another waster/loser/burglar .What's his is his,what's yours is his ! greeg3
  • Score: 3

7:46am Sat 12 Jul 14

rogerthefish says...

I imagine when he's out he will be rehoused in Hastings
I imagine when he's out he will be rehoused in Hastings rogerthefish
  • Score: 1

10:14am Sat 12 Jul 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

What sort of a deterrant is 16 weeks? He will be out in 8 or less. No time to learn his lesson.

Wonder how long before he's released that he will be out burgling again - I give it a few days.
What sort of a deterrant is 16 weeks? He will be out in 8 or less. No time to learn his lesson. Wonder how long before he's released that he will be out burgling again - I give it a few days. getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: 9

5:33pm Sat 12 Jul 14

Sir Prised says...

When I read the 30 convictions, I thought, oh this'll be another ludicrous sentence but even I wasn't expecting 16 weeks !!! I've been on courses nearly as long as that. Our justice system is seriously failing the public.
When I read the 30 convictions, I thought, oh this'll be another ludicrous sentence but even I wasn't expecting 16 weeks !!! I've been on courses nearly as long as that. Our justice system is seriously failing the public. Sir Prised
  • Score: 1

8:17am Sun 13 Jul 14

hoveguyactually says...

16 weeks is laughable, though not so funny for his many unfortunate victims. Oh well, he will soon be out and ready to add to his list of convictions.
16 weeks is laughable, though not so funny for his many unfortunate victims. Oh well, he will soon be out and ready to add to his list of convictions. hoveguyactually
  • Score: 0

12:06pm Sun 13 Jul 14

LongTall says...

And 16 weeks is Enough, I don't think so , we are so soft on crime , its makes its a tempting idea to start ten , How wrong can our judicial system
be
And 16 weeks is Enough, I don't think so , we are so soft on crime , its makes its a tempting idea to start ten , How wrong can our judicial system be LongTall
  • Score: 0

12:08pm Sun 13 Jul 14

LongTall says...

SORRY THAT WAS THEN AND, I MISSED THE BE , FOR THE ABOVE :)
SORRY THAT WAS THEN AND, I MISSED THE BE , FOR THE ABOVE :) LongTall
  • Score: 0

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