Serial burglar with more than 100 offences on his record jailed for 33 months

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A drug addict from Mansfield crept into a couple's home and stole their belongings while they slept.

Gavin Causer, 33, let himself into the home in the Derbyshire village of Eyam through an unlocked door before stealing a laptop and mobile phone.

While in the same village he stole from two parked cars, taking power tools from a Porsche Boxter and a satnav from a Land Rover, Derby Crown Court heard.

Causer, of Hickling Court, Mansfield, has been jailed for 33 months after admitting burglary and theft.

He was captured on a police camera driving out of the area - he had no licence or insurance - and was followed to an address where the car was found abandoned and some of the goods were discovered inside.

Jailing him, Recorder Jason Macadam said Causer was what the Government call a "third strike burglar".

He told him: “You have the most appalling record of 109 offences and 40 convictions and the vast majority of them have been for theft, burglary and dishonesty.

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“In addition to non-house burglaries, there are a number of house burglaries dating back 20 years.

“What is serious about this particular burglary is that the owners were in at the time and it is only when they got up the following morning that they saw what you had done at their property.”

Gavin Causer, of Hickling Court, Mansfield, has been jailed for 33 months

Gavin Causer, of Hickling Court, Mansfield, has been jailed for 33 months

Edna Leonard, prosecuting, said the break-in took place in the early hours of August 8, 2017.

She said the owners of the house went to bed the previous evening and, when they got up at 9.15am the following day, “realised someone had been in their home”.

She said: “It was clear the downstairs of the house had been searched and a laptop and a mobile phone had been taken.

"At 4.30am, the police cameras picked up a Vauxhall Corsa that was being driven by this defendant away from the area. It was followed by the police and found abandoned.

"It was later discovered that items had been stolen from two cars in the same village which had been left insecure.

"One was a Porsche Boxster and the other a Land Rover."

Causer was arrested and pleaded guilty to burgling the property in Church Street, Eyam, and to two counts of theft.

Hannah Coleman, mitigating, said her client’s "best mitigation was his early guilty plea". She said: “His motivation was his financial need to support his drug addiction.”