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York burglar Michael Andrew Hester had 38 convictions
A “CAREER” burglar from York who has 38 convictions for 147 burglaries has been given a three-year jail sentence.
Michael Andrew Hester, 40, of York, was sentenced to four years in July after he was caught at York train station with stolen property from a burglary in Scarborough.
Yesterday, York Crown Court was told of another burglary committed by Hester when he crept into a woman’s flat in Acomb and stole her phone, wallet and purse in a raid believed to have happened in the early hours of the morning.
Pleading guilty to the burglary in Danebury Court, Hester was given another three-year sentence which he will serve at the same time as his current four-year sentence.
Judge Stephen Ashurst said: “You are a 40-year-old man with a very poor record, particularly for burglary, and you have received a number of long sentences.
“The fact that you owned up to this offence may allow the victim some closure knowing the person involved has been apprehended.”
The court was told how a woman living in Danebury Court fell asleep on a recliner in her home and was woken at 5am when she heard a noise.
She did not realise anything had been taken until a few days later when it was found her phone, purse and £62 were missing.
Hester - who appeared by a videolink from Hull Prison - pleaded guilty to the burglary which happened between May 12 and 15.
He was jailed in July after he was caught at York train station with stolen property from a burglary in Scarborough and pleaded guilty to a night-time burglary in Scarborough and handling a stolen dictaphone.
Judge Ashurst said Hester had been told his release date would be May 2015. Hester is well-known to police in the city and has already served four and a half years in prison for carrying out 32 night-time house raids in York.