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Burglar stole X-Box as present for his son
A PROLIFIC burglar who stole an X-Box from children as a present for his own son has been jailed for more than two years.
Richard Green, 35, of York Road, Southend, was jailed for two years and five months at Basildon Crown Court after admitting ransacking a house in Glenwood Avenue, Westcliff, last month and taking three laptops, the games console and video games.
Grant Benjamin, mitigating, said: "There is a history of drug use, but that's not a contributing factor in this case.
"He was feeling immense pressure not to let down his son again.
"His son's 16th birthday was coming up, so he took the opportunity to break into this house and take the console as a present."
The occupant and her children, who have been left traumatised by the break-in, were out when Green smashed his way in.
A neighbour spotted him lurking around the front of the property and knocking on the door before forcing it.
The neighbour called the police who caught Green red handed with the goods outside in the street.
Green pleaded guilty to burglary.
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