Southend burglar avoids jail after stealing £1,000 of electricals from Southend church

Southend burglar avoids jail after stealing £1,000 of electricals from Southend church

Southend burglar avoids jail after stealing £1,000 of electricals from Southend church

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A BURGLAR has avoided jail despite stealing £1,000 of electrical equipment from a church just two weeks after being released from prison.

Jake Smith, 21, smashed his way in through a backwindow of the Apostolic Church, in London Road, Leigh, and tried to steal a safe.

Eventually, he gave up and stole a laptop bag and camera.

He was handed a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months at Basildon Crown Court yesterday.

Charlotte Davison, prosecuting, told the court Smith, of Southchurch Road, Southend, smashed open a toilet window before clambering in.

He dumped Nescafe coffee on the kitchen floor and staff found the safe had been tampered with and dumped on a desk.

They also found a hammer belonging to Smith discarded on a chair after the burglary, on or between September 29 and October 1, last year.

The court heard police spotted Smith on a bike at about 3am on October 1. He ran off and was found hiding nearby.

He had on him a holdall containing a crowbar, chisel and sachets of Nescafe coffee.

The court heard he initially denied the break-in, telling police he had the items because he had been to his old house to pick up tools, but police later found shards of glass from a church window on his clothes.

He admitted one count of burglary when he appeared at court earlier this year.

Smith told the court he had a drug habit and had problems receiving his benefits.

Sentencing Smith, Judge William Graham, said: “You have a long record of offending and have had various punishments, including a substantial time in custody.

“This time we want to try and treat the cause of your offending.”

In addition to his suspended sentence, Smith must attend a 12-month drug rehabilitation programme.

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1:02pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Howard Cháse says...

Shocking
Shocking Howard Cháse
  • Score: 15

1:24pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Eric the Red says...

Who are these soft-brained halfwits who hand out such trivial 'punishment'? He should have got straight back inside - for a long while!
Who are these soft-brained halfwits who hand out such trivial 'punishment'? He should have got straight back inside - for a long while! Eric the Red
  • Score: 30

1:25pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Dissappointed says...

"Smith told the court he had a drug habit and had problems receiving his benefits."
Oh poor him, lock the scum up!
"Smith told the court he had a drug habit and had problems receiving his benefits." Oh poor him, lock the scum up! Dissappointed
  • Score: 30

1:30pm Wed 12 Feb 14

RochfordRob says...

Send him round the burgle the Judge's house - watch his sentencing policy change dramatically after that.
Send him round the burgle the Judge's house - watch his sentencing policy change dramatically after that. RochfordRob
  • Score: 23

1:51pm Wed 12 Feb 14

MilesBond says...

Why not hope he gets off the drugs? It's the one thing that will turn his life around and stop him robbing.
Why not hope he gets off the drugs? It's the one thing that will turn his life around and stop him robbing. MilesBond
  • Score: -9

2:21pm Wed 12 Feb 14

You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat says...

I remember it was a case of a Church containing bibles and wax candles, not lap top bags and a camera, what were they after ? images...
I remember it was a case of a Church containing bibles and wax candles, not lap top bags and a camera, what were they after ? images... You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat
  • Score: -10

2:29pm Wed 12 Feb 14

GTA Essex says...

MilesBond wrote:
Why not hope he gets off the drugs? It's the one thing that will turn his life around and stop him robbing.
I do agree with your comment. Jail isn't always the answer. Drug rehabilitation programmes is what's needed for young offenders under the age of 30. Oncr people pass the 30 barrier and if they are still offending time and time again, then its pretty obvious thats the route they have decided to take in life. These are the ones thst should then be jailed. People can sometimes get involved with the wrong crowd and find it difficult to leave their criminals ways behind them. It's no excuse for commiting crime, but this is a factor in crime related offences. Jail won't do anything. it's just a big cost on the tax payer, and we al heard how easy prison is anyway. Then they come out and are likely to offend again as they are just angry.
[quote][p][bold]MilesBond[/bold] wrote: Why not hope he gets off the drugs? It's the one thing that will turn his life around and stop him robbing.[/p][/quote]I do agree with your comment. Jail isn't always the answer. Drug rehabilitation programmes is what's needed for young offenders under the age of 30. Oncr people pass the 30 barrier and if they are still offending time and time again, then its pretty obvious thats the route they have decided to take in life. These are the ones thst should then be jailed. People can sometimes get involved with the wrong crowd and find it difficult to leave their criminals ways behind them. It's no excuse for commiting crime, but this is a factor in crime related offences. Jail won't do anything. it's just a big cost on the tax payer, and we al heard how easy prison is anyway. Then they come out and are likely to offend again as they are just angry. GTA Essex
  • Score: 7

2:45pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Nebs says...

GTA Essex wrote:
MilesBond wrote:
Why not hope he gets off the drugs? It's the one thing that will turn his life around and stop him robbing.
I do agree with your comment. Jail isn't always the answer. Drug rehabilitation programmes is what's needed for young offenders under the age of 30. Oncr people pass the 30 barrier and if they are still offending time and time again, then its pretty obvious thats the route they have decided to take in life. These are the ones thst should then be jailed. People can sometimes get involved with the wrong crowd and find it difficult to leave their criminals ways behind them. It's no excuse for commiting crime, but this is a factor in crime related offences. Jail won't do anything. it's just a big cost on the tax payer, and we al heard how easy prison is anyway. Then they come out and are likely to offend again as they are just angry.
Jail will do something, it will stop him going out robbing people. If prisons were run properly, and did not allow drugs, then he could follow his rehab program while in prison where he can be watched and monitored, as apposed to attending a workshop when he wants to and carry on taking drugs whenever he feels the need.
[quote][p][bold]GTA Essex[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MilesBond[/bold] wrote: Why not hope he gets off the drugs? It's the one thing that will turn his life around and stop him robbing.[/p][/quote]I do agree with your comment. Jail isn't always the answer. Drug rehabilitation programmes is what's needed for young offenders under the age of 30. Oncr people pass the 30 barrier and if they are still offending time and time again, then its pretty obvious thats the route they have decided to take in life. These are the ones thst should then be jailed. People can sometimes get involved with the wrong crowd and find it difficult to leave their criminals ways behind them. It's no excuse for commiting crime, but this is a factor in crime related offences. Jail won't do anything. it's just a big cost on the tax payer, and we al heard how easy prison is anyway. Then they come out and are likely to offend again as they are just angry.[/p][/quote]Jail will do something, it will stop him going out robbing people. If prisons were run properly, and did not allow drugs, then he could follow his rehab program while in prison where he can be watched and monitored, as apposed to attending a workshop when he wants to and carry on taking drugs whenever he feels the need. Nebs
  • Score: 6

3:16pm Wed 12 Feb 14

robb789 says...

The regulation Burglar toolkit - all that was missing was a packet of hob nobs.

"He had on him a holdall containing a crowbar, chisel and sachets of Nescafe coffee"
The regulation Burglar toolkit - all that was missing was a packet of hob nobs. "He had on him a holdall containing a crowbar, chisel and sachets of Nescafe coffee" robb789
  • Score: 2

3:20pm Wed 12 Feb 14

wickford-warrior says...

Off with his head
I SAY
Off with his head !!!!!
Off with his head I SAY Off with his head !!!!! wickford-warrior
  • Score: 3

3:49pm Wed 12 Feb 14

ThisYear says...

RochfordRob wrote:
Send him round the burgle the Judge's house - watch his sentencing policy change dramatically after that.
Der..
[quote][p][bold]RochfordRob[/bold] wrote: Send him round the burgle the Judge's house - watch his sentencing policy change dramatically after that.[/p][/quote]Der.. ThisYear
  • Score: -3

3:56pm Wed 12 Feb 14

pembury53 says...

robb789 wrote:
The regulation Burglar toolkit - all that was missing was a packet of hob nobs. "He had on him a holdall containing a crowbar, chisel and sachets of Nescafe coffee"
the detail in this story is really quite impressive...... right down to the brand of coffee scattered around....... good work
[quote][p][bold]robb789[/bold] wrote: The regulation Burglar toolkit - all that was missing was a packet of hob nobs. "He had on him a holdall containing a crowbar, chisel and sachets of Nescafe coffee"[/p][/quote]the detail in this story is really quite impressive...... right down to the brand of coffee scattered around....... good work pembury53
  • Score: 3

4:38pm Wed 12 Feb 14

InTheKnowOk says...

If it's not nailed or cemented down, someone will take it!
If it's not nailed or cemented down, someone will take it! InTheKnowOk
  • Score: 3

8:39pm Wed 12 Feb 14

ThisYear says...

InTheKnowOk wrote:
If it's not nailed or cemented down, someone will take it!
Is there a pun within your post?
[quote][p][bold]InTheKnowOk[/bold] wrote: If it's not nailed or cemented down, someone will take it![/p][/quote]Is there a pun within your post? ThisYear
  • Score: -2

9:30pm Wed 12 Feb 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

MilesBond wrote:
Why not hope he gets off the drugs? It's the one thing that will turn his life around and stop him robbing.
i don't hope he gets off drugs...i save my hope for better things.
[quote][p][bold]MilesBond[/bold] wrote: Why not hope he gets off the drugs? It's the one thing that will turn his life around and stop him robbing.[/p][/quote]i don't hope he gets off drugs...i save my hope for better things. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 2

9:31pm Wed 12 Feb 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

You'dfeelbetterforkn
owingthat
wrote:
I remember it was a case of a Church containing bibles and wax candles, not lap top bags and a camera, what were they after ? images...
this is a slightly differant church.
[quote][p][bold]You'dfeelbetterforkn owingthat[/bold] wrote: I remember it was a case of a Church containing bibles and wax candles, not lap top bags and a camera, what were they after ? images...[/p][/quote]this is a slightly differant church. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 2

8:54am Thu 13 Feb 14

Roch243 says...

Thank you Judge William Graham. You have really earned your money there. Let's hope the next house this scumbag burgles isn't your own eh!
Thank you Judge William Graham. You have really earned your money there. Let's hope the next house this scumbag burgles isn't your own eh! Roch243
  • Score: 1

1:51pm Thu 13 Feb 14

RochfordRob says...

ThisYear says...

RochfordRob wrote:
Send him round to burgle the Judge's house - watch his sentencing policy change dramatically after that.

Der..

'Der' ?? lost for words you freak?

Good. Let's hope it lasts. Anything to say on this thread or is it a little too close to home?

That said, the lead is still on the church roof, so maybe not.

Back under your bridge little troll.
ThisYear says... RochfordRob wrote: Send him round to burgle the Judge's house - watch his sentencing policy change dramatically after that. Der.. 'Der' ?? lost for words you freak? Good. Let's hope it lasts. Anything to say on this thread or is it a little too close to home? That said, the lead is still on the church roof, so maybe not. Back under your bridge little troll. RochfordRob
  • Score: -1

6:24pm Thu 13 Feb 14

ThisYear says...

RochfordRob wrote:
ThisYear says...

RochfordRob wrote:
Send him round to burgle the Judge's house - watch his sentencing policy change dramatically after that.

Der..

'Der' ?? lost for words you freak?

Good. Let's hope it lasts. Anything to say on this thread or is it a little too close to home?

That said, the lead is still on the church roof, so maybe not.

Back under your bridge little troll.
Oh dear adding stereotypical slur to his stupidity...I repeat but louder DER!


Freak? Id say it was rather freaky to use filthy innuendo on a thread about a young girl...to boast and gloat about a 'super pension' and not needing it, but suggesting you use it to buy treble drinks and all this on a thread about people including disabled struggling to pay their way..that really is freaky ignoring the more forceful word that comes to mind..

But lets look at your comment..

You ask us to believe that if the judge was burgled his sentencing policy towards burglars would "change dramatically"

Would it then follow, following your contention, that he would be the same if his car was stolen, or he was pick-pocketed or ripped off by a garage or or or..

You feel he would suddenly become unprofessional because he is a victim of crime?

Or is this just empty rhetoric from a empty head.. used only for knocking back trebles and gloating
[quote][p][bold]RochfordRob[/bold] wrote: ThisYear says... RochfordRob wrote: Send him round to burgle the Judge's house - watch his sentencing policy change dramatically after that. Der.. 'Der' ?? lost for words you freak? Good. Let's hope it lasts. Anything to say on this thread or is it a little too close to home? That said, the lead is still on the church roof, so maybe not. Back under your bridge little troll.[/p][/quote]Oh dear adding stereotypical slur to his stupidity...I repeat but louder DER! Freak? Id say it was rather freaky to use filthy innuendo on a thread about a young girl...to boast and gloat about a 'super pension' and not needing it, but suggesting you use it to buy treble drinks and all this on a thread about people including disabled struggling to pay their way..that really is freaky ignoring the more forceful word that comes to mind.. But lets look at your comment.. You ask us to believe that if the judge was burgled his sentencing policy towards burglars would "change dramatically" Would it then follow, following your contention, that he would be the same if his car was stolen, or he was pick-pocketed or ripped off by a garage or or or.. You feel he would suddenly become unprofessional because he is a victim of crime? Or is this just empty rhetoric from a empty head.. used only for knocking back trebles and gloating ThisYear
  • Score: -2

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