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Halstead: Burglar jailed after admitting more than 80 break-ins
9:00am Friday 23rd August 2013 in News
A prolific burglar who admitted more than 80 offences has been sentenced to four years in prison.
Former Halstead resident James Zammutt, 22, admitted three burglaries and the destruction of an electronic police tag.
But Chelmsford Crown Court also took a further 79 offences into account when sentencing him on Monday.
Zammutt admitted cutting off a police-issued electronic tag in Tweed Close, Halstead, on April 6.
Recorder Michael Ashe QC said: “You have engaged in an entrenched pattern of offending.
“You have had 30 court appearances dating back to when you were 11 in 2002.
“There is a high chance of re-offending. The crimes have been financially motivated, but mixed with drug abuse.
“I do understand your expression of regret and your hope you will put things right and I will be giving you the time to do so.”
In sentencing Zammutt for the four offences, the court was asked to take a further 79 offences – 78 burglaries and attempted burglaries and one theft from a motor vehicle – into account.
In total, the court was told Zammutt had stolen property valued at £123,122, of which only £1,865 worth had been recovered.
He also caused £11,555 worth of criminal damage in the process.
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