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Serial burglar Christopher Wilson is jailed again
A CAREER burglar responsible for nearly 30 house raids in the York and Selby areas was caught when he used a computer he had stolen and set off its software location alarm, York Crown Court heard.
Helen Wheatley, prosecuting, said the alarm alerted the laptop’s true owner, who told police. Officers then used it to locate Christopher Wilson as he sold his loot online.
Wilson initially claimed he was acting as a handler, but police found his DNA on gloves found in the Heworth Green house from which he had stolen two laptops, two iPads, golf clubs and other items. Wilson then voluntarily told police about another four burglaries he had committed in York, Bishopthorpe and Barlby in April and May.
It was the third time he had committed a series of house raids in the York area while on parole from a prison sentence for earlier burglaries.
Recorder Tahir Khan QC said: “Anybody who commits a burglary of a dwelling house – and you have been before the courts and heard it plenty of times – must expect a custodial sentence.”
Wilson, 41, of Crockey Hill, and formerly of Lower Ebor Street, South Bank, pleaded guilty to one burglary and asked for five more to be taken into consideration. He was jailed for three years and five months.
He had already been recalled to finish serving a four-year prison term he received in December 2010, from which he was released partway through in December 2012.
That sentence was passed at Croydon Crown Court when he was already serving a three-and-a half year prison sentence passed in January 2009 for 21 house raids in the York area.
They were committed when he was on parole from a three year and nine months prison sentence passed at York Crown Court in January 2006 for two house burglaries, which were committed when he was on parole from a sentence passed in 2004 for two house raids in the London area. He had several other convictions for London area burglaries.
For Wilson, Jeremy Durston said since his latest release from jail, his client had been caring for his mother who had undergone several operations. He had therefore been unable to work, so had reverted to his old lifestyle.
In 2009, his then barrister, Paul Williams, told York Crown Court Wilson had reverted to his old habits because he had needed money to pay off a drug debt. On that occasion, he had voluntarily confessed to 18 burglaries.