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Burglar tried to sell stolen goods to the person he’d taken them from – Bristol Post

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A burglar was so “out of it” he tried to sell stolen goods to the person he’d taken them from, a court has been told.

Nicky Jefferies grabbed cans of Fanta soft drink from the porch of a home in Griggsfield Road, in Hengrove.

When he offered them to resident George Templar, he realised they were his, and later found them dumped.

A number of residents then found Jefferies and detained him.

On July 19, Bristol Crown Court heard police linked Jefferies to a burglary from a porch in nearby Rodfords Mead.

 

Jefferies, 39, of Creswicke Road in Bristol, pleaded guilty to burglary and theft in June – his fourth conviction for burglary.

The recorder Miss Rosaleen Collins jailed him for two years and four months. She told him: “You have a terrible record for dishonesty.

“I understand you’ve been in the grip of addiction for so many years now.

“You were given a Drug Rehabilitation Requirement in March.

“The response to that, frankly, was hopeless.”

‘He was out of it that day’

Nicholas Fridd, prosecuting, said Jefferies entered a porch of a home in Rodfords Mead at around 9pm on June 14.

He grabbed items including a paint roller, a large petrol strimmer and a petrol hedge-cutter.

Jefferies then offered the items for sale in the street, the court heard.

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Shortly afterwards Jefferies stole the Fanta from the porch cupboard of the home in Griggsfield Road.

He was arrested after offering them to the owner and he and others gave chase.

Catherine Spedding, defending, said the vast majority of her client’s lengthy list of previous offences comprised of low level theft and shoplifting indicative of a drug addict.

 

She told the court: “He was out of it that day.

“Witnesses say he was slurring his words and incoherent.

“He’s not habitually a dwelling house burglar, he’s usually a shoplifter.”

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