December 12 2013 Latest news:
A remorseful burglar has been jailed after he returned his Exmouth victim’s handbag with a letter of apology which included his own mobile phone number. Nicholas Adams did not return the £300 he took out of a cashpoint with a bank card he found in the bag but did take the handbag to the house in Raddenstile Lane where he had stolen it in a sneak raid.
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
A sorry burglar who returned his Exmouth victim’s handbag with a note of apology has been jailed for four years at Exeter Crown Court
A remorseful burglar has been jailed after he returned his Exmouth victim’s handbag with a letter of apology which included his own mobile phone number.
Nicholas Adams did not return the £300 he took out of a cashpoint with a bank card he found in the bag but did take the handbag to the house in Raddenstile Lane where he had stolen it in a sneak raid.
His note said he was sorry for stealing the money but said he was in debt and needed it to feed his family. He promised to repay the £300 but the home owner called the police instead.
A judge has called for an investigation into how the serial thief was able to get a job as a delivery driver with a courier firm when he has a string of convictions for breaking into unoccupied homes.
Adams’ remorse did not last long because just 11 days later he carried out a £17,000 jewellery raid on a large detached house which he scouted out while delivering parcels, Exeter Crown Court heard.
Adams, of Wilkinson Road, Plymouth, admitted two dwelling house burglaries and two cashpoint frauds. He was jailed for four years by Judge Phillip Wassall.
He told him the sentence would have been longer if he had not returned the handbag to the first victim and shown genuine remorse for that raid.
The judge read out a list of Adams’ convictions which include four different jail terms for burglaries or handling, and a five year term for armed robbery.
The judge said: “It is a real concern how an active burglar is employed as a delivery driver without any checks being undertaken.
“I want the prosecution to investigate because the firm concerned needs to be challenged about their security checks.
“If a person has a propensity to burgle, then putting them in a position where they are able to ascertain if householders are in or out is an extraordinary thing to do and this issue should be raised with the appropriate authorities.
“Any member of the public sitting here and hearing his history would be appalled he was entrusted as a delivery driver.”
Miss Janice Eagles, prosecuting, said Adams was working as a self employed contract driver for a Plymouth-based courier firm which delivered all over the area.
He broke into a home in Raddenstile Lane, Exmouth, where he was delivering a parcel and saw owner Christine Ashley’s handbag on the kitchen table. He used a card to take out £300 from the nearby cashpoint at Tesco.
She said he then regretted his actions, returned the bag and left it just outside the house with a note which said he was in debt.
It said: “I am always worrying about money to feed my family. I owe you £300, please let me pay you.”
Miss Eagles said the note asked Mrs Ashley not to call the police and gave his mobile number so he could call her.
The victim reported the burglary to the police who arrested Adams. He was bailed while they made inquiries and carried on working as a courier, enabling him to carry out the second raid in the Teign Valley