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Burglar foiled by neighbours
3:00pm Thursday 22nd August 2013 in News
A SERIAL burglar was foiled by vigilant neighbours as he tried to break in to several homes in the Malvern area to fund his drugs habit.
David Cox is beginning a three-year spell behind bars after admitting two counts of burglary and one attempted burglary.
Judge Robert Juckes QC at Worcester Crown Court told him he had been left with “no choice” but to jail him.
“Offences of burglary are among the most distressing for the people who suffer from them. It is not just the loss of property, it is the loss of their sense of security in their own home. They no longer feel safe somewhere they should be able to.”
Stephen Davies, prosecuting, told the court that Cox broke in to a flat in The Avenue, Welland, on May 2 and was disturbed by the owner, who recognised Cox.
While on bail for that burglary, on May 21, a neighbour spotted him acting suspiciously in the back garden of a house in Coxwell Drive, Malvern, and, when they went to confront him, Cox tried to trap the man in the garage of the house before making his escape.
Then, on June 6, a woman was walking past her neighbour’s home in the town’s Spindle Road when she spotted Cox walking down the side path and trying the garage door.
She hurried to a friend's house and asked her son to take a picture of him to show police. All three crimes also put 28-year-old Cox, of Arboretum Road, Worcester, in breach of a 12-month suspended sentence imposed by the court in February for similar offences.
Jason Patel, defending, said Cox had made steps towards kicking his addiction.