Burglar spared jail over ill health

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A BURGLAR who was caught on CCTV as he stole from a shed and outhouse in Crowland was spared jail because of his poor health.

Ebby Hall (44) was filmed as he reversed a white van down the drive of the targeted property in Peterborough Road while the owners were out.

Lincoln Crown Court heard an accomplice was captured “casing the property” by the same security camera 20 minutes before the van’s arrival.

Phil Howes, prosecuting, said the pair spent 15 minutes at the property and drove off with a number of tools after locks to the shed and outhouse were forced.

The stolen items which belonged to a vintage traction engine enthusiast included two hedge trimmers, a chainsaw and jigsaw. Mr Howes said the owner of the property had sadly died since the burglary.

Mr Howes said most of the items were recovered when Hall was arrested two weeks after the break-in.

In mitigation the court was told Hall had been suffering with suspected heart problems which ran in his family.

Hall, of White Post Road, Newborough, pleaded guilty to the burglary which occurred on 31 August.

He was sentenced to ten months imprisonment suspended for two years, placed under the supervision of a probation officer for two years and ordered to obey an electronically monitored nightly curfew for six months.

Passing sentence Recorder Stephen Lowne told Hall he was only avoiding prison because of his health.

Recorder Lowne warned Hall: “In my judgement this was a planned burglary. This was a targeted property.”